Raptor Lesson Plans
Teach about raptors in your classroom!
Wildlife webcams are used to address a variety of research and educational objectives, and are innovative tools for learning about animal behavior. They also help watchers develop a connection to a place and the wildlife that lives there. CWF and Duke Farms are fortunate to co-host a wildlife cam that observes a pair of nesting bald eagles. The pair has returned to the property each year since 2012 and cam views are nearing 12 million!
The Duke Farms Eagle Cam is also gaining traction in classrooms across the country as a useful tool to engage all age levels in a wide variety of subject areas. We’ve partnered with Duke Farms to host the cam, connect teachers to biologists and develop lesson plans and teacher training workshops. We also worked with IDE Corps to develop NGSS unit plans to expand our webcam resources. This year, we’re thrilled launch another FREE resource for teachers- The Duke Farms Eagle Kit!
- NEW Free Resource: Reserve your Eagle Kit!We've compiled all of our eagle-themed lessons, several storybooks and field guides, life-sized replicas of an eagle egg, skull, and talon, a life-sized wingspan cutout and vinyl eagle photo and even an eagle costume! Eagle Kits are free for educators to borrow for up to three weeks at a time.
- Free Resource: "Duke Farms' Bald Eagles" is a free, photo-rich e-book — viewable online on any computer or tablet — that provides everything you need to know about the eagles, their celebrated nest, and the brand-new high-definition EagleCam that enables viewers around the world to watch the eagle family at any time of day or night.
- Free Resource: "Bald Eagles in the Meadowlands & Beyond" is a free, 62-page online book by New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
Classroom Activities and Lessons
Jump start your use of the webcam as a tool for learning in the classroom.
Grade K_NGSS Unit_Eagles are Back - 971.1KB
Grades K - 2_Graphing Using Live Cam - 895.5KB
Grade 2_Birds of Prey - 411.4KB
Example_Birds of Prey - Osprey - 2.0MB
Example of the Birds of Prey research project created by Diane Cook's second grade class of Flemington-Raritan School District.
Grade 3 and 4_Blogging Using Live Cams - 729.8KB
Grade 5_NGSS Unit Plans_Modeling Bald Eagle Habitats - 483.8KB
Computer Literacy_Creating Digital Stories Using Eagle Cam - 417.4KB
Middle School Earth Science_NGSS Unit_Green Energy Safe for the Bald Eagle - 289.4KB
Middle School_Birds of Prey - Who Done It? - 653.0KB
Student Resource_Birds of Prey - Who Done It? - 718.4KB
Powerpoint for students to accompany forensics lesson developed by 2016 EagleCam lesson plan contest winner Lauren Kurzius.
Teacher Resource_Birds of Prey - Who Done It? - 778.9KB
Powerpoint for teachers (with answers) to accompany forensics lesson developed by 2016 EagleCam lesson plan contest winner Lauren Kurzius.
High School Life Science_NGSS Unit_Symbol for Change - 312.1KB
Flexible Grade Level
Shrinking Habitat - 32.4KB
Build a Raptor - 55.8KB
Deadly Links - 198.1KB
2017 Duke Farms Eagle Cam FAQ_UPDATED - 406.2KB
Introducing Bald Eagles & EagleCam To Your Students - 1.6MB
Fun Facts about the Bald Eagle - 132.4KB
Adopt a Species - Bald eagle - 197.5KB
2015 EagleCam Journal - 223.5KB
Eagle Food Observations - 77.3KB
Register your class! It's free and so easy!
When you register your class, you will get live e-mail updates on the EagleCam as they are posted to the website. You will also receive updated educational information as it is added to the web.
For more information, Contact
Stephanie DAlessio, Director of Education: Email
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