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Birds of Prey: Standards

Language

Kindergarten

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.2

Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

Suggested Lesson

Draw a picture of a bird of prey and tell one true fact about it.

First Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

Suggested Lesson

Read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and discuss the reasons why the girl in the story had to be so quiet and brave when she went owling with her father.

Fourth Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Suggested Lesson

In small groups read various books on birds of prey. Come together to discuss your favorite bird and why.

Fifth Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Suggested Lesson

Ben Franklin wanted to choose the turkey as our National Bird. Write 3 paragraphs stating your opinion of this choice as compared to the Bald Eagle.

Math

Second Grade

CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.A.1

Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.

Suggested Lesson

Birds' wingspans are significant to their ability to fly and to hunt. See this site. Now measure your "wingspan." Compare your span to the birds of prey and to each other.

Third Grade

CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.A.1

Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.

Suggested Lesson

Using the wingbeat chart found here, create a number line of the wingbeats of the various birds of prey to show how they compare.

Sixth Grade

CCSS.Math.Content.6.RP.A.3a

Make tables of equivalent ratios relating quantities with whole-number measurements, find missing values in the tables, and plot the pairs of values on the coordinate plane. Use tables to compare ratios.

Suggested Lesson

Create a ratio table relating some aspect of birds of prey (wingspan to beak size, amount of food eaten to distance traveled, height of bird to wingspan, etc.) for a variety of birds of prey ? some research may be required.

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