Thunder Birds

Related Activities

This webpage lists lots of resources for falconry, including two organizations.  (Perhaps there is a falconer near you who would visit your library with a bird or two?):
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_br_w7000_0020.pdf

Sing along with Jim Arnosky singing his song, “Talkin’ Turkey.”  (Audio and song words with still photo of Arnosky):
http://www.scholastic.com/browse/media.jsp?id=1301

Free printable animal coloring pages from Jim Arnosky:
http://www.jimarnosky.com/colorindex.html

Bird activities for kids including a printout for making their own field guides:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/44125.html

Lesson plan on eagles, which could be adapted to any bird of prey.  Also an activity for word-building:
http://www.eagles.org/assets/files/pdf/eagle_lesson_plans.pdf

This site is free for 10 days ONLY, but it has many different lesson plans for birds of prey.  (Perhaps the most interesting is one on dissecting owl pellets.):
http://www.lessonplanet.com/search?keywords=birds+of+prey&media=lesson

Includes a “double bubble” printable form.   This is a method by which children can compare and contrast two types of birds and see their similarities and differences at a glance:
http://www.sepa.duq.edu/darwin/pdf/FeatheredFamilies.pdf

Creating a bird slide show:
http://accelerateu.org/resources/LEOs/Print_LEO.cfm?LEO_ID=2492

Lesson on predator and prey and their place in the web of life:
http://www.campedwards.org/predator_prey.html

Lesson plan on owls and raptors:
http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonplans/unit_raptors_books.htm

Includes some activities for different birds including a couple of interactive  online games about birds in general and an interactive bird quiz:
http://www.bonnecherepark.on.ca/html/programs/resources-birds.html

Lesson plans including a couple of activities or games that demonstrate the web of life:
http://www.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/prod/groups/cvm/@pub/@cvm/documents/asset/cvm_69355.pdf

Fun activity on how different types of beaks are better at picking up or capturing different types of food:
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/bird-beaks/

Beginning lesson plan for bird watching:
http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview.cgi?LPid=11402

Patterns for making eagle and prey.  Can be stuffed to make them 3D and hung in the classroom: http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/birds/3DEAGLE.PDF

Lesson plan site for owls with printable activity sheets and useful websites interspersed in the plan:
http://www.eeweek.org/resources/bird_curricula.htm

Information on how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count for Kids.  (Also links to some online bird puzzles, bird calls, word puzzles and bird color sheets): http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/kids

Team word game with printables using bird-related terms: http://www.hawkquest.org/TA/XL/Building-words.pdf

Class demonstration of the strength of an eagle’s grip: http://www.hawkquest.org/TA/XL/Gripping.pdf

Journaling about nature: http://www.hawkquest.org/TA/XL/journaling.pdf

Outside activity on predator/prey survival:
http://www.hawkquest.org/TA/XL/Survival-games.pdf

Check the Book Trailers & Other Links to generate more ideas for activities.

Book Talk Teasers

Read flap inside front cover.

Read the “Introduction” from the front of the book and “Nature’s Flying Predators” from near the back of the book.

Read first section, “Eagles, Hawks, and Falcons,” and point out interesting things in the fold-out illustration for that section.

Simply show all the foldouts in the book and point out interesting things.

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