Contributed by the Sixth Grade Team.
The 6th grade students have been studying birds of prey that are migrating through their region. The unit included recognizing birds of prey by their flight pattern, field markings, and silhouette. To deepen their understanding of the raptor’s role in the food web, students engaged in dissecting owl pellets. Students’ ideas and knowledge about birds of prey became a reality when they ventured to Bake Oven Knob along the Appalachian Trail. Here students were able to apply their identification skills by observing raptor migration, tracking the bird’s path, and interacting with an ornithologist. How can we work to provide students with additional culminating activities that provide application and authenticity for their learning?