The third grade artists spend a lot of time studying birds. We learn about John James Audubon, we researched birds on the Cornell University Ornithology website, and we studied nests. There are great books that show in detail the artistry of nests. We approached this activity with enthusiasm which quickly faded to frustration when the students realized how difficult it is to make a nest. This learning reinforced just how fantastic nature is and how amazing bird builders are.