How does a first grade class come to understand literally how big a bald eagle’s nest really is? Build a nest in the classroom, of course!
If you’ve been following HSE21 Shorts, you’ll know that Mrs. Vogel’s first grade class at Sand Creek Elementary began watching the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam in December 2016, right as eaglet E-9 was making his/her entry to the world. Watching the Eagle Cam led to lots of eagle questions – which led to research, the creation of some very authentic projects, and the sharing of learning!
How did the project unfold? The class spent several days observing and monitoring the nest – as questions arose, the students wrote them on post-it notes. With Mrs. Vogel’s help, the class categorized their post-its and created four research groups. Each student joined a group and became an expert on one area of eagle life. The students consulted library books, digital resources (like World Book Online), and even visited with experts from the Indianapolis Zoo via Skype to find reliable answers to their research questions.
HSE21 Shorts was thrilled to receive this invitation recently from Mrs. Vogel:
We have been researching and creating and are ready to share our learning. We
have a life sized nest, 3D models, a video, and much more! On Friday we are hosting
an open house for classes to come and see our project and learn about eagles.
Check out the image gallery and video below of eagle projects and scenes from this awesome open house of learning. Mrs. Vogel’s students shared with kindergarteners and fourth graders, with administrators, parents, and teachers. All the while, of course, E-9 was on the big screen. As of this writing, E-9 has gone from a fuzz ball to feathered bird and is growing fast! He’s testing out his wings often, and should be fledging very soon. You, too, can live stream the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam here.
Thanks to the students who have taught HSE21 Shorts a great deal about bald eagles! First graders CAN, and DO!