My obsession started last week when a colleague introduced the web cam to her classroom. We were mesmerized while we sat and watched the eagle as she tended to her new hatchlings. That day I introduced my own classroom of kindergarteners to the eagles. They were just as interested as I was, the feeling of excitement buzzed through the room. As we watched the eagle tending to the nest feed the hatchlings my students started asking questions and making comments at a fever pitch. I wasn't able to answer many of their questions so I suggested we research eagles so we can learn more about them while we watch the nest.
I spent the weekend watching the nest and doing some research on my own. After a trip to the library we began to explore books and record our questions. I was very proud of their enthusiasm and willingness to learn about the eagles. They had some great questions considering their age and inexperience with non-fiction. Here are a few of the questions they asked:
- How long do the babies stay in the nest?
- Why do the eagles sit on their babies?
- Why do eagles have long claws?
- When will the eagle babies fly?
Even some of my lowest students asked some very insightful questions. I am so excited to start researching tomorrow. We are planning on sharing our information with the other kindergarten classes, I can't wait until we are all eagle experts.