Even for folks who know a lot about birds and nature, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris), are especially interesting because they behave so differently than most other organisms. They hover, fly backwards, feed from flowers, capture tiny insects almost too small to be seen, build nests from spider webs and lichens, weigh less than five paper clips, hum with their wings and have a chittering voice, and migrate thousands of miles each spring and fall. All these traits make them wonderful subjects for dramatic endeavors.

We hope you'll want to share your original hummingbird dramatic work through publication on Operation RubyThroat. If so, contact PROJECTS.

In the meantime, here are some ideas for teachers, students, and other individuals to try.

Teachers and their student groups, individual students, and others who are registered participants with Operation RubyThroat get priority attention to all requests for information and assistance. To register, see How to Participate.

DRAMA ACTIVITY #1: Hummingbird Mimes

Have students mime one or more aspects of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird's life history, such as visits to different kinds of flowers, defense of the feeding territory by males, the perils of migration or predators, or the role of the female in nest-building, incubation, and care of nestlings.

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES: Drama, physical education--plus hummingbird science.

MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES: Bodily-Kinesthetic, Spatial, Naturalistic.

DRAMA ACTIVITY #2: Hummingbird Playlet

Have students write a play that encompasses all these aspects of the life of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, perhaps emphasizing the importance of habitat protection on both the nesting grounds and winter ranges.

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES: Drama, art (for prop construction & set design), creative writing--plus hummingbird science.

MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES: Bodily-Kinesthetic, Linguistic, Spatial, Naturalistic.

NOTE: Please send descriptions and results from your successful drama-related cross-disciplinary activities to Operation RubyThroat via PROJECTS.

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