Lesson Plan

Fly Away! (The Safe Zone)

closeup of eagle nest, scattered in fur from previous prey

Eagles face many challenges once they leave Denali

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Duration:
30 - 40 Minutes
Group Size:
8 or fewer
Setting:
outdoors

Overview

In "Fly Away! (The Safe Zone)," students will learn how researchers study migratory patterns.

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 11 of the unit.

Objective(s)

Guiding Question: What does migration mean for protecting the golden eagles that spend the breeding season in Denali National Park and Preserve?

Critical Content: The difficulties the National Park Service faces in protecting a species when it only spends part of the year in the park.


Student Objectives: Students will ...

  • record data on population changes
  • simulate natural processes as a class
  • graph tabular data
  • analyze data (tabular and graphed) and simulated processes to answer questions

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

Materials

For this game, students will need: paper, pencils, cones or some other way of marking off a safety zone, balls soft enough to throw at students, one copy of the Eagle Population Table for the class, one copy of the Safe Zone Worksheet for each student.

Procedure