Distance Learning

Condor's Flight: 3rd - 7th grade

Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Science,Social Studies
State Standards:
Next Generation Science Standards

3rd - 5th (Elementary)

6th - 8th (Middle School)

Program Details


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3rd – 7th


45 minutes


Earth Science, Ecology

Essential Question

What level of responsibility do humans have to mitigate their impact on the environment?

Lesson Overview

Condor's Flight presents the story of the endangered California condor. Students will learn about the ecological principles of adaptation and survival and consider the role society plays in conservation efforts.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Give evidence of both natural and anthropocentric causes of the California Condor’s decline.
  • Define adaptation and provide 2 –3 examples.
  • Debate whether humans should dedicate efforts to save the California Condor .

Next Generation Science Standards

3rd – 5th (Elementary)

  • 3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem cause when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

6th – 7th (Middle School)

  • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Stability and Change - Small changes in one part of a system might cause large changes in another part.
  • Science Addresses Questions About the Natural and Material World - Scientific knowledge can describe the consequences of actions but does not necessarily prescribe the decisions that society takes.  

Key Vocabulary:

  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Extinct

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Last updated: November 20, 2023