Bird Migration Dot Art

Type: Investigation

Theme: Nature

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Learning Target: Students will learn about migration as they create migratory bird art using conic equations.


This is an individual project. Submit as a Word Document.

  1. Research migration and migrator methods such as biomagnetism.
  2. Select one migratory birds.
  3. Plan and write a five-paragraph essay on bird migration.
  4. Review the seven principles of design.
  5. Create migratory bird artwork using dots and circles only. Two options:
    1. Sketch three designs and select one. Keep it simple.
    2. Use as few dots as possible to create your bird, but enough to make an interesting and balanced work of art.
    3. Use Desmos to create circle equations or points on a coordinate plane to build your species of migratory bird.
      1. Example:
      2. Circle equation example: (x-3)^2 + (y-(+1))^2 = 5^2. This equation places a circle of radius of 5, centered at (3,-1).
      3. Point format example: (3,-1)
      4. With Desmos you can adjust the color and alpha (transparency) of your circle by using the gear icon and assigning a variable in the format rgb([0-255],[0-255],[0-255]).
      5. Please organize your dots in folders.
      6. Snip/screen capture your artwork for your essay.
    4.  Or, Use colored construction paper, glue sticks, a compass, and scissors to cut and arrange perfect circles into your fruit still life artwork. 
  6. Obtain and provide a Peer Review.
  7. Revise your work.


  1. Expository essay on how biomagnetism may help your selected migratory bird. Use final bird artwork and sketches to add graphic elements and artwork to your essay.
  2. Graphic file in JPG or PNG format (greater than 800 pixels in width).
  3. Peer Review


Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • I can attend to precision.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  • Patterns
  • Cause and Effect


Example Essay