Watching animals through a live webcam offers children the opportunity to observe habitats and behavior patterns we would not typically get to see. Try watching this eagle camera (or another animal cameras) with the activities below! These activities are inspired by our collaboration between Susan and ETSU's ECED university students.
Activity #1- Eagle Calendars
Check in on the eagle cameras each day to make observations of the eagles. Talk about what you see on the camera, such as the behavior of the eagles, what you see in the nest, and the weather. Notice how many eggs there are and the changes that occur to the eggs (and eventually eaglets) as time passes. Have children track these observations on a calendar. You can use the data collected to make links between weather and daily eagle events as well as any other patterns that emerge.
Activity #2- How Wide is that Nest?
After observing the eagle nest, talk with children about the size of the nest. Create a life-sized model with them so children can see just how big what they are seeing on camera really is! Create the model by using a drawing, pillows, or sticks and leaves. Have children make measurements of the nest as they create it. Check out the nest Susan's class created below!!