Distance Learning

Great Lakes Piping Plover

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
State Standards:
Next Generation Science Standards: 3-LS1.B, 3-LS4.D, 3-LS4.C, 4-ESS2.E, 4-ESS3.B, 5-LS2.A


Can’t make it to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore? We’ve got you covered with our new distance learning programs! The Great Lakes Piping Plover program will introduce your students to the endangered piping plover, what factors impact their survival, and how rangers at Sleeping Bear Dunes are making a big difference for this little bird. Complete a pre-visit lesson with your students, get a virtual visit from a ranger, and wrap things up with a post-visit lesson. Please contact us at e-mail us and tell us you’d like to schedule a Great Lakes Piping Plover distance learning program, and give us a preferred date for a test call and the virtual ranger visit.

After completing these lessons, students will be able to:

  • Create food web including piping plovers
  • Make claims about how the elimination of piping plovers would affect food webs and the local ecosystem
  • List facts about piping plovers and their lives.
  • Persuade people to take actions to protect piping plovers
  • List ways people can help protect piping plovers
  • Identify threats to piping plovers habitat

Pre-visit lesson (1 hour), virtual ranger program (45 minutes-1 hour), post-visit lesson (1 hour) 

Required Equipment
In order to participate in a distance learning program, you will need:

  • internet connection
  • a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet, with speakers and microphone
  • a smartboard projector
  • the ability to download the free Polycom RealPresence app
  • some basic school supplies for pre-visit, post-visit, and virtual ranger program such as paper, pencils, markers, etc.


Download Piping Plover Preprogram Activity

Download Food Web Activity Sheet

Download Piping Plover Signs

Download Piping Plover Postprogram Lesson

Download Piping Plover Postprogram Rubric

Last updated: September 29, 2017