Information about lessons and activities for 3rd-5th graders.
Here are some bear live cams for you to enjoy. Occasionally they will interrupt the live stream with “highlights.”
Panda – Wolong Grove, Gengda Wolong Panda Center in China
Polar Bears – Ouwehand Zoo in Rhenen, Netherlands
Brown Bears in Katmai National Park, Alaska
More Brown Bears in Katmai National Park, Alaska
Polar Bears in Churchill Cape South, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada
Here are some live bird cams I have found….
Great Gray Owl
Great Horned Owl
Long Eared Owl
Cornell Lab (a bird research organization) Bird Feeders
Rosie Hummingbird’s Nest
Bella Hummingbird’s Nest
Hummingbird Fountain Camera
There are also some other bird interactives on this site.
Different birds flap their wings at different rates….here is a chart. Try it! We will use a time to count of 10 seconds. See if you can flap your wings like these birds. What is the fastest you can flap?
|Bird||Wingbeat ever 10 Seconds|
Bones inside a human arm compared to a bird’s wing.
Here are some videos of birds flying…we will just watch a few minutes of each…not the whole thing.
The first video is showing a group of people flying with some Canadian geese.
Here is a video of a TRAINED eagle (doesn’t live in the wild) that they release from the tallest building and could find its trainer!
(short version….there is a longer, 5 minute version here)
What did you notice about the eagle’s flight?
In the hummingbird video, there are a few special effects that aren’t real in the beginning. Watch for the hummingbird’s tongue in a few places. You will see different types of hummingbirds. Pay special attention to the slow motion part of moving their wings!
The Wandering Albatross is the bird with the largest wingspan. Imagine a bird that can stretch is wings about the same width as our carpet!
The Andean Condor is considered the largest flying bird – heaviest, largest body that can still get itself in the air.
We will also make a “flip” book of a bird flying.
- Each picture is the same bird, just with its wings in a different position. Color each of the pictures with the same parts the same color.
- Cut out each box on the lines.
- Glue each box/bird picture on a card in the corner.
- The teacher will staple them together.
(For Kinder….just do the coloring the first day.)
Students were learning the Engineering and Design Process (or part of it) through building Straw Structures?
- 50 straws
- 50 pipe cleaners
- 25 paper clips
Build the tallest free-standing structure possible that will hold a golf ball at the top, using the giving materials.
- Must support the golf ball for at least 1 minute.
- Must work with partners and make everyone feel included.
- Must take apart the structure and clean up when finished.
Method and Timing:
- 5 minute individual brainstorming time – students were to be working independently (quietly) in their science notebook, sketching or writing out notes to share with their group
- 5 minute team planning time – share their ideas with their table partners, figure out a way to combine their plans, or use some of the ideas
- 20 minute build time – making adjustments as they go
Reflect and Revise
- The whole block of time was used for the planning and building. We have did not have time for the reflect and revise.