Select from these activities to extend learning:
Challenge students to showcase what cranes do throughout the year by writing month-by-month verbs on the calendar handout. This sheet can also be used for note-taking or assessment.
After exploring the photos and text as a class, create a large timeline to showcase the month-by-month events of the crane's annual cycle. As you follow this season's spring migration, document news on the timeline. Will this season's news match the expected events of the annual cycle or will you see unexpected surprises?
Annual Cycle Wheel
Display and discuss the sample annual cycle wheel. Give students a design challenge: How would you showcase the month-by-month events of the crane's annual cycle on a wheel? What words and images would you use to showcase where Whooping cranes are and what they are doing throughout the year?
Seasonal Circle Book
Make a circle book to showcase the cyclical events by season (fall, winter, spring, summer). Encourage students to revisit the slideshow's facts and photos to construct their circle book. Display books in your school's library.
Cause-Effect Flow Charts
Sunlight drives seasonal change. Choose key events from the annual cycle and explore cause-effect relationships by creating flow charts. Draw boxes and arrows to showcase the chain of events that start with sunlight changes. Example: Nest-building Chain of Events: Sun, Warmer Temps, Ground Thaws, Marsh Water and Sedge for Nest-building
Other Showcase Challenges
Have students synthesize what they learned about the Whooping crane's annual cycle by designing flip books, desktop calendars, lapbooks, file folder games, or accordian books.