Videos could be great sparks for discussion and learning. When I saw this video of the eagle flying with a camera strapped to his back, I thought of all the ways it could spark even more learning in the classroom…
-Generate questions: What landforms is he flying over? What is he possibly doing while he flies? What type of food might be looking for?
-Calculations: Determine how fast eagles fly and calculate, using Google Earth to find distances, the amount of time it would take an eagle to fly across your city, state, country.
-Fractions: Research the typical wingspan of a bald eagle. Compare various types of wingspans by using great search skills. Use fractions to describe how the wingspans compare or create a chart to display the data.
-Observe: Make observations about the land he’s flying over and try to determine where on Earth he may be flying.
-Creative Writing: Write a first-person narrative as the eagle. What are you thinking, feeling, experiencing as you zoom through the air?
-Comparative Analysis: What if students researched other animals in flight? (Like this bee.) Does wingshape, span, size or texture affect flight? How does this compare to aircraft?
No, Eagles aren’t really a Common Core Standard. But this video? It’s a springboard to some great discussion and learning and a chance for your kids to spread their wings and fly…