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ImageTitleCategoriesAbout The Lesson Plan
Prepositional Phrases
Prepositional PhrasesArt, Elementary, Interactive, Language Arts, Life Science

Students will be able to understand, recognize, and use prepositional phrases in reading and writing.

Converting Time with Eagles
Converting Time With EaglesElementary, Interactive, Math

This interactive lesson plan helps students learn basic units of time and convert between them. The lesson is suitable for older elementary students and will take one class period to complete.

Elapsed Time with Eagles
Elapsed Time with EaglesElementary, Interactive, Math

This interactive lesson plan helps students learn about elapsed time as they calculate the amount of time between events. The lesson is suitable for older elementary students and will take one class period to complete.

Division and Wingspan
Math: Measuring and Dividing with BirdsElementary, Interactive, Math

This interactive lesson plan helps students improve division skills as they convert inches into feet and inches and learn the basics of measuring in feet. It is suitable for older elementary students and will take one class period to complete.

Home Sweet Home!
Home Sweet HomeElementary, Life Science, Middle School

Students will study the basics of peregrine falcon habitat and nesting behavior and the ways in which human intervention mimics nests and helps nesting efforts. Depending on how the lesson is structured, students will learn about earth and human activity, molecules and organisms, ecosystems, and biological evolution.

Out Both Ends!
Out Both Ends!Life Science, Middle School

Students will observe and understand how eagles deal with food materials they are not able to digest (aka “Casting pellets and shooting poop!”). Along the way, they will learn about structures and process and matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems.

Bald Eagle vs. Peregrine Falcon
Bald Eagle Versus Peregrine FalconElementary, Language Arts, Life Science, Middle School

Students will observe and understand similarities and differences between Bald eagles and Peregrine falcons. In the process, they will learn about structure and processes, ecosystems, and heredity and inheritance.

Vocabulary Development
Vocabulary DevelopmentArt, Elementary, Interactive, Language Arts, Life Science

Students will understand the meaning of words connected with Bald Eagles and be able to use them in reading, speaking, and writing.

What's on The Menu?
What’s On The Menu?Life Science, Middle School

Students will use prey items collected from a Bald Eagle nest to describe that energy in an animal’s food was once energy from the sun. In the process, they will learn about ecosystem interactions, energy, and dynamics.

Lesson Plan: Egg-citing
Egg-citing!Life Science, Middle School

Students will understand and describe the process of forming and laying an egg. This lesson plan will help create an understanding of how cells contribute to the function of living organisms and how organisms grow and reproduce.

Bald Eagle Nest Shapes
Nest Shapes and Nest BuildingElementary, Life Science, Math

The teacher and class will observe that Bald Eagles build their nests in 4 different geometric solids: cones, disks, hemispheres, and cylinders.

Compare and Contrast
Compare and Contrast Eaglets and PenguinsElementary, Language Arts, Life Science

Students will compare and contrast two similar subjects: eaglets and Emperor Penguin chicks.

Sandhill Cranes on the Mississippi Flyway
Just Passing Through!Elementary, Life Science, Middle School

Students will learn about migratory flyways and investigate one bird species found on the Mississippi River Flyway.

Lesson Plan: Shorebird Superheroes
Shorebirds: Migratory Superheroes!Elementary, Language Arts, Life Science, Middle School

This lesson plan was published by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2013. Activities include connect-the-dots, crossword puzzles, word finds, coloring pages, and much more. The activities vary in difficulty and length and are designed to meet various learning levels from 2nd through 6th grades.

Save Our Species: ESA Endangered Species Coloring Book
Endangered Species Coloring BookArt, Life Science

This coloring book was published by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2008. It includes 21 coloring pages of listed species along with simple facts, a range map, an index of common and scientific names, and illustrations of the species in real life.

What Do Animals Do All Day?
What Do Animals Do All Day?Life Science, Middle School

Students will create ethograms and journals based on what they observe in a Bald Eagle’s nest.

PSA Challenge
PSA Challenge!Elementary, Language Arts, Life Science, Middle School

Students will investigate lead poisoning and other human threats to Bald Eagles and create a public service announcement to help foster behavior change in people.

From Hatch To Fledge
From Egg To FledglingElementary, Language Arts, Life Science

Students will make observations and understand the changes an eaglet goes through from hatch to fledging.

Opinion Writing
Opinion Writing: Stick Tango!Elementary, Language Arts

Elementary students will create a story web and write an opinion piece in which they introduce a topic, state opinions, and supply reasons to support their opinion.

Eaglet showing crop
Crop? Crop! Organ SystemsLife Science, Middle School

Students will learn about the digestive systems of Bald Eagles and compare and contrast them with human digestive systems.

DM2 and Mom #1
Who’s Who? Identifying Character TraitsElementary, Life Science

Students will identify observable character traits belonging to Mom and DM2 and use them to explain or justify how they know which eagle is Mom and which eagle is DM2.

Bald Eagle Eggs
Predict Mom’s First Egg of the SeasonElementary, Math

Students will use historical data to predict when Mom will lay her first egg.

Compare/Contrast Male and Female Bald Eagles
Compare and Contrast Male and Female Adult Bald EaglesElementary, Language Arts, Life Science, Middle School

Students will learn about the differences and similarities between adult male and female bald eagles, and relate the information to inherited traits and instincts.

Eaglets
Compare and Contrast Eaglets and ChicksElementary, Language Arts, Life Science, Middle School

Students will use an eagle cam and chickens to explain how eaglets and chicks are alike and different.

Blackfly
Blackfly Infestation: Animal Behavior and Climate ChangeLife Science, Middle School

Students will analyze video and data of blackfly infestations and consider their impact on wildlife and humans.

Labeling
Text Features: LabelingElementary, Language Arts

Students will use labeling to understand information in text.

Phenology Journal
Phenology: Creating a Naturalist’s NotebookArt, Language Arts, Life Science, Middle School

Students will learn about the science of phenology by journaling activities in a bald eagle’s nest.

Collective Nouns
Collective NounsElementary, Language Arts

Students will learn and write about three collective nouns connected to Bald Eagles.