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3rd - 5th
Imagine what life would be like as a Bald Eagle! Would it be easy to survive, or would there be challenges? In this interactive game students pretend to live like eagles and learn about how wildlife conservation efforts have helped eagles. This lesson can be paired with a short distance learning presentation from MES' educators.
This lesson has been adapted for e-learning from a group activity/lesson that turns students into players in a game of eagle "Life." The lesson was originally designed to occur in a large area such as a gym or open classroom, but has been recreated as a smaller-sized board game in "Prezi."
As modified for e-learning, the lesson includes an activity intro section ("Click Here to Start"), the game, and a wrap-up section ("Click Here to Finish"). The introduction includes information about Masonville Cove, where the game is set, about Bald Eagles as a species, and additional detail on how to play the game. The wrap-up section discusses the positive and negative things that affected the "eagles" (students) during the game and concludes with ideas about how students can take small steps to help eagle conservation in Maryland.
The lesson includes an eagle "brain quest" (activity sheet) as an optional wrap-up or assessment activity. Copies of the student activity sheet and educator answer guide are found with the lesson below.
The intro and wrap-up sections of the activity provide a lot of detail about eagle habitat and conservation. Because these can be more complex topics, it might be a good option for your class to discuss them together.
One option might be to ask students to focus on one positive and one negative thing that impacted their survival and read those sections thoroughly.
MES educators are also able to assist in leading introductions and wrap-ups, and can provide an eagle Q & A session to allow students to dig deeper and ask questions.
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