Lesson Plan

Fly Away! (Being a Biologist)

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Tenth Grade
Subject:
Biology: Animals, Climate, Ecology, Geography, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
Group Size:
8 or fewer
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:

National Standards for ...
Science: Content Standards A, C, E, F

Overview

In "Fly Away! (Being a Biologist)," students will take on the role of a biologist, researching golden eagles and presenting information to the class.

Our extensive "Fly Away!" curricula unit is broken into twelve lesson plans, each taking 30 - 90 minutes to complete, and targeted at varying grade levels. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit - each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources. This is lesson 12 of the unit.

Objective(s)

Students will:

  • Research and gather information
  • Write and conduct an oral presentation to the class
  • Create an informational display (e.g., a brochure, a magazine article, a poster, etc.)




Background

Our extensive "Fly Away!" curricula unit is broken into twelve lesson plans, each taking 30 - 90 minutes to complete, and targeted at varying grade levels. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit, though some lessons do refer to one another and are better done in sequence. However, each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources.

The final lesson, "Fly Away! (Being a Biologist)" can be done independently, as a large research project, or as a final assessment after having done some, or all, of the other lessons in the unit.


Check out the other lessons:

Lesson 1: Exploring Migration
Lesson 2: Climate and Seasons
Lesson 3: Climate and Migration Patterns
Lesson 4: Spatial Migration Game
Lesson 5: Migration Cues
Lesson 6: Homing Experiment
Lesson 7: Bird Modeling
Lesson 8: Golden Eagle Life Cycle Diagram
Lesson 9: Which Way Do We Go?
Lesson 10: The Race South
Lesson 11: The Safe Zone
Lesson 12: Being a Biologist



Procedure

You are a wildlife biologist for Denali National Park and Preserve. You will study the winter migration of juvenile golden eagles from the park to help the National Park Service better understand and conserve this important species. You will learn many things about the migration patterns of these golden eagles and will share what you know with the public.

Explain to the public the migration of this golden eagle population and the importance of Denali National Park and Preserve to conserving golden eagle populations throughout the state of Alaska and the western United States. Use whatever format you feel would be most effective. Some possibilities include a brochure handed out to park visitors, a magazine article with nationwide distribution, a website that reaches across the country, a poster in the Visitor Center. Present your project orally to the class.

Include in your project:

1. how scientists study migration of golden eagles in Denali National Park and Preserve
2. specifics about the migratory habits of golden eagles - where, when and why;
3. where they go when they return to Alaska;
4. what this means for the role of the National Park Service in conserving golden eagle in Alaska, and in the western United States;
5. the limitations of what Denali National Park and Preserve can do to protect this species; and
6. ideas for what the public can do to help preserve golden eagles in areas where the National Park Service cannot.

Your presentation should include maps and illustrations or photographs. You may work in groups.

 

Assessment

Criteria Above Proficient
Proficient Not Proficient
Research and Gather Information:

  1. migratory habits
  2. migratory patterns
  3. role of the National Park Service (NPS) in species protection
  4. limitations of NPS role for migratory species
  5. ideas for public role
Develops a great deal of information - all related to the topic.

Develops information on all 5 topics.
Develops basic information - most relates to the topic.

Develops detailed information, but only covers 3 or 4 of the topics.
Develops very little information - only some relates to the topic.

Develops detailed information, but covers fewer than 3 topics.
Oral Presentation
Engaging beginning, middle and end to the presentation.

Speaks very clearly and at an appropriate pace. Has good eye contact with the audience.
Includes beginning, middle and end to the presentation.

Speech is understandable. Has moderate eye contact with the audience.
Evidence of beginning and end of the presentation.

Speaks too quickly or too slowly. Has poor eye contact with the audience.
Informational Display
Clear depiction and incorporation of many elements of golden eagle migration and protection.

Effective and accurate use of writing conventions. Fluent and articulate writing.

Effective organization and presentation with thoughtful information and strong supporting details. Graphics offer support of text.
Incorporates some of the elements of golden eagle migration and protection.

Effective and accurate use of writing conventions.

Presentation is organized and uses details well. Some graphics.
Presentation lacks organization.

Writing conventions are not always followed.

Presentation has little information with either no graphics or the graphics do not support the text.
Creativity Original and thoughtful ideas.

Illustrations portray the information in an original way. The illustration is original and the connection to the material is original.
Ideas are thoughtful and somewhat original.

Illustrations are creative, but their means of portraying information is not.
Ideas are not original, presentation is not original.

Illustrations are not original and/or are not effective at portraying information.