Guiding Question: Why are there different types of migration?
Critical Content: Students will understand different species use different types of migration depending on their own life histories, environment and climate.
Student Objectives: Students will ...
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
Before You Begin: Review Migration Basics and present to the students the different types of spatial migration. It may be helpful to review longitude and latitude with the students before you begin this game.
Using that reading and/or information already gathered on various migratory animals from previous activities in the "Fly Away!" unit, students should write down on index cards the name of a migratory animal and the general route of migration. For example, humpback whales are longitudinal migrants that move from Alaska to Hawaii each year.