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At the Top: A Bald Eagle's Diet Lesson Overview

This activity asks students to play the role of a scientist who is studying the components of a Bald Eagle’s diet. They will collect and record data by randomly pulling prey cards from an envelope. This data will be used to generate graphs and draw conclusions about what a Bald Eagle eats. Students will then compare these results with their classmates.


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45 Minutes
2 students per group
PTI Inquiry
3.1, 3.7, 4.2, 5.2, 5.3, 7.2, 7.3
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 5 min 3.1 Internet Video 2 Students watch a video and make observations of a Bald Eagle catching prey
Explore 20 min 3.1, 3.7, 4.2, 5.2 none 3 Students collect data by pulling prey cards to model what a Bald Eagle eats
Explain 10 min 7.2, 7.3 none 3 Students graph their data and draw conclusions about the type of animals a Bald Eagle eats.
Expand 5 min 5.3 none 2 Students discuss how they would expect the type of animals to change if the Eagle lived in a different habitat.
Evaluate 5 min - none 1 Students will complete a worksheet as they collect and graph their data.

Level of Student Engagement
1     Low     Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2     Medium     Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3     High     Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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