Citizen science projects like eBird can help educators make concrete connections between classroom learning and life skills, preparing your students with the tools they need to thrive in the world. Being an eBird citizen scientist involves bird identification and confident data entry. The eBird Essentials for Educators guide gives educator-tested tips, tools, and activities for scaffolding students in identifying birds and submitting data as a class. It was designed to complement the eBird Essentials course. We highly recommend that educators take this course to become familiar with eBird before using this guide with students.