Students will research threats to Bald Eagles. They will use their knowledge to create a public service announcement that will help foster behavior change in people, learning how to make a persuasive argument in the process. This lesson plan will take two to three class periods.
- Statistics and research on lead poisoning in Bald Eagles from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota: https://www.raptor.umn.edu/our-research/lead-poisoning
- Statistics and research on lead poisoning in Bald Eagles from S.O.A.R in Iowa: https://soarraptors.org/eagles-and-lead/
- Information on lead ammunition and tackle, lead poisoning, and alternatives to lead: https://www.raptorresource.org/learning-tools/hunt-and-fish-lead-free/
- Video: Lead Poisoned Bald Eagle: https://youtu.be/NyZLxobg5k0
- A national news story on lead poisoning in Bald Eagles: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/bald-eagles-are-dying-from-lead-poisoning-at-alarming-rates
- The story of a lead-poisoned Bald Eagle: https://www.raptorresource.org/2016/01/27/lead-poisoned-eagle/
PSA Video Examples
- http://www.shiftingbaselines.org/videos/ [ocean, plastic, pollution]
- https://youtu.be/44Gll-AHLBs [It all leads to the ocean]
- https://youtu.be/x0wPIFuO7uw [global warming]
- https://youtu.be/0s5AMjBy3KA [a funny PSA]
Live eagle cams: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/.
Teachers are welcome to apply for a Raptor Resource Project educational chat account to observe incubation, hatching, and eaglets with other classes from around the country. The chat is moderated by Raptor Resource Project volunteers. Link: https://www.raptorresource.org/classroom/. If you don’t have a Raptor Resource Project classroom account, register here: https://www.raptorresource.org/register/. All of our birdcams can be accessed at https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/.Elementary, Language Arts, Life Science, and Middle School