• Activate prior knowledge that will help students connect with the details
for this topic by asking the following questions: “Which games of ‘Pretend’ did
you enjoy playing in kindergarten or first grade?” “What jobs do
kids often role play in their games?” “How do games of Pretend help
kids prepare to be grown-ups?”
• To introduce the selection, engage students’ curiosity about young
eagles using the following questions: “What skills would a young eagle
need to learn?” “How do young eagles learn the skills they need to
survive in the wild?” “How long does it take a young eagle to learn
how to fish?” “How to fly?” “How to construct a nest?” “Who
teaches a juvenile eagle how to build a nest, catch a fish, soar through the
• Read aloud the title of the selection. Invite students to scan the text
for boldface headlines: “On Vacation” “Playing House” and “Practice
Makes Perfect.” Have students make predictions about the facts that may
be revealed in the article.
• Read “Immature
Eagles: Oh, Grow Up!” Have students “Stop
and Share” after the “Practice Makes Perfect” paragraph: “Why
do you suppose young eagles take so long to grow up compared
to hummingbirds and robins?” Encourage students to
use facts revealed in the text to answer the question. Read the
rest of the article for possible reasons that eagles take more
time to grow up than robins or hummingbirds.
the selection by reviewing the questions discussed prior to reading.
Invite students to summarize details from the article that answer
students to write hypotheses for questions that were not answered
in the selection.
students to research facts for unanswered questions.
students work with a partner to create a Web-0-Facts using details
from the selection. Encourage students’ creative thinking
for ways to graphically represent the facts revealed in the selection.
the text to find hypothesis statements: “They (eaglets)
do seem to remember where they’ve been....”“These
nests were apparently just practice ones...” Ask students
to examine the language of these hypothesis statements. “Why
did the author choose words and phrases such as 'seem to...'
and 'apparently,' to describe observations of eaglet behavior?”
the text to build students’ vocabulary skills. “Circle
the word nest(s) wherever it appears in the article. How is the
word nest used to describe facts about eagles?” Encourage
students to use reference materials to find definitions and synonyms
for the word nest. Create a Word
Web for nest. Include synonyms for nest as a noun and as
a verb. Explore other words that can be used as nouns and verbs.
Start a chart to collect these “Double Duty Words.”
Journaling Questions: Why do you suppose young
eagles take so long to grow up compared to hummingbirds and robins?
Making Connections: The Importance of
Learning Essential Skills
would happen if a young eagle did not learn how to fish? How
skills are essential for children to learn for survival?
(Readers examine author’s strategies)
1. How did the author help you focus on the main ideas and details described
in this selection? (Questions focused the reader’s attention on
the main ideas described in the article.) Have students underline or
highlight the questions written within the selection.
2. Authors help readers learn new facts by making comparisons. Identify
parts of the selection that try to help readers connect facts by making