Subjects & Disciplines
- Explain their thinking about why human activity can harm animal migration.
- Explain to someone else what they need to do to create a successful unit project.
- Identify some things they know and some things they need to know about animal migration and how humans impact it.
- Identify different methods used by humans to track animal migration.
- Explore a variety of resources to learn more about tracking animal migration.
- Understand that animals migrate for different reasons and use different cues.
- Identify some things they know and some things they need to know about animal migration.
- Explain their interest in working with different animals for their unit project.
- Project-based learning
- Guided listening
- Multimedia instruction
- Self-directed learning
- 21st Century Student Outcomes
- 21st Century Themes
Critical Thinking Skills
- Geographic Skills
Science and Engineering Practices
- Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
- Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per classroom, 1 computer per pair, Monitor/screen, Printer, Projector, Speakers
Print the photos from the Human Impacts Photo Gallery and hang them around your classroom. This can be done a few days before the first day of the unit to prime the students.
Using the exit ticket from the Why and How Animals Migrate activity, create groups of three to four students based on the focal animal they would like to study.
- Large-group instruction
- Large-group learning
- Small-group learning
- Small-group work
Recommended Prior Lessons
process where a community of animals leaves a habitat for part of the year or part of their lives, and moves to habitats that are more hospitable.
reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong.
contest between organisms for resources, recognition, or group or social status.
an environmental state that must be present or exist in order for something else to exist or function.
desire to know more about a subject.
unplanned or temporary path.
to divert or draw attention away from something.
community and interactions of living and nonliving things in an area.
able to be proved with evidence or experience.
conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.
data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.
outside of something.
region where organisms go to eat.
central and important.
involving the possibility of risk, loss, or harm
to influence or have an effect on something.
inside, or having to do with the inner part of something.
an explanation of symbols and abbreviations used on a map, also known as a legend.
symbolic representation of selected characteristics of a place, usually drawn on a flat surface.
part of a map representing specific features of a place.
way of doing something.
natural signal, such as a change in temperature, to which animals respond by migrating to more hospitable habitats.
predictable movements, in time and space, of a group of animals or people.
path followed by birds or other animals that migrate regularly.
to fill an area with too many objects or organisms.
having to do with the open ocean.
extreme north or south point of the Earth's axis.
animal that hunts other animals for food.
to create offspring, by sexual or asexual means.
distinctive relative size, extent, or degree.
an answer to a problem.
group of similar organisms that can reproduce with each other.
native, geographic area in which an organism can be found. Range also refers to the geographic distribution of a particular species.
person or organization that has an interest or investment in a place, situation, or company.
observation of a person, community, or situation.
ability to live.
something used to represent something else.
process in which scientists and resource managers use technology to tag animals and map their movements.
to cause or begin a chain of events.
machine that produces power using the motion of wind to turn blades.
large national park in the U.S. states of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.
For Further Exploration
Articles & Profiles
- The Nature Education Knowledge Project: Animal Migration
- National Geographic: Nature’s Most Impressive Animal Migrations
- Wired: See How Human Activity is Changing Animal Migration Patterns
- Springer: Animal Migration Tracking Methods
- National Geographic: What a Trip! The Toughest Animal Migrations on Earth
- W. W. Norton & Company: Where the Animals Go
- Mariner Books: The Homing Instinct: Meaning & Mystery in Animal Migration.
- National Geographic: Great Migrations: Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move
- Dawn Publications: Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration
- University of California Press: Animal Migration: Remarkable Journeys in the Wild
- National Geographic: Follow the Elk's Perilous Journey
- National Geographic: Animals in Motion Quiz, Part 1