Using Empirical Data in the Classroom: Raptor Migrations!

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Raptor flight patterns align with seasonal changes in net primary productivity. Here is a thought-provoking lesson plan that uses empirical data from a video to help scholars understand raptor migrations, producers/consumers, and ecosystems. Through discussion questions during the video, conclusions clarify the connection between carbon, photosynthesis, and animal migration patterns.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into two groups with half focusing on the movement of the ospreys and the other half focusing on the turkey vultures
  • Discuss Net Primary Productivity (NPP) in more depth, including going over the formula
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on basic prior knowledge of ecosystems, ecology, and seasonality
  • Includes extension ideas
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