Lesson Plan

Fly Away! (Climates and Seasons)

A great horned owl sitting on a spruce bough

Unlike golden eagles, great horned owls live year-round in Denali

NPS Photo / Kent Miller

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Tenth Grade
Subject:
Astronomy, Climate, Earth Science, Ecology, Geography
Duration:
Two 45 minute periods
Group Size:
8 or fewer
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
National Standards for ...
Science:
Content Standards A, C, D, E

Geography:
Elements 1, 2, 3

Social Studies:
Standard II

Overview

In "Fly Away! (Exploring Migration)," students will know how the earth's orbit around the sun affects climate and seasons, and how climate varies across the globe.

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 2 of the unit.

Objective(s)

Guiding Question: What are climates and seasons?

Critical Content: Students will understand the differences between climate and seasons.

Student Objectives: Students will ...

  • use a globe to understand relationships between the earth and the sun.
  • create a climate map.
  • research and describe their own climate.


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

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