Raptors in the City is an inquiry-based science, internet and print research curriculum for ages 7-11, with adaptations for older grades
For classroom, library, afterschool, homeschool and mentoring programs
Supports one semester of study
Serious science that's fun!
Easy to administer - no software to install or learn
Celebrates saving species!
Objectives for Students:
National Science Education Content Standards: Student standards A, C, E, F, G
National Educational Technology Standards (NETS): Technology Profile Performance Indicators (1), (2), (4), (5), (6), (7),(10)
--- To study the characteristics and life cycle of the peregrine falcon in the
--- To develop the skills of scientific inquiry and observation
--- To develop an understanding of adaptation to environmental changes
within the peregrine falcon population
--- To appreciate the role that science and technology have played in the
recovery of the species peregrine falcon from near extinction
--- To organize resource data
--- To use telecommunications and online resources to access remote
information and to communicate with others in support of direct and
--- To evaluate the accuracy or bias of electronic information sources
--- Each student will receive a "Flight of the Falcon Trail" sheet, to document
completion of assignments. A feather is earned for each completed assignment, several feathers lead to award levels ("Egg","Hatchling",etc.)
--- Each student will compile a personal bibliography, using standard
--- Each student will keep a falcon journal as he or she follows the nesting
progress of a live camera online (a variety of websites are available that show the hatching and growth of chicks each spring)
--- Each child or group will create a print and internet source bibliography
and will support the authority of the chosen sources
--- Each child or group will keep a daily falcon journal of observations of
--- Children will produce drawings illustrating life cycle stages and falcon
--- Children will both answer and create further questions about adaptations
to environmental change in the peregrine population
--- Tests and other materials will be provided for periodic assessment
--- The "Raptors in the City" package (available in print or CD-ROM versions),
including a set of blackline masters, teacher's guide, resource lists to study the peregrine falcon, a year's subscription to the "Falcon Flash"
e-newsletter with commentary by a peregrine nest monitor for the Ohio
Department of Wildlife and other experts, and a copy of the resource book,
"The Peregrine Falcon - Endangered No More"
--- Classroom, library or home access to the internet
(Note: there is no software to install)
Timeframe: to coincide with nesting season, roughly late February or March through June, although background research may begin earlier. Class time may be tailored according to depth of study desired.