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A science reading lesson on birds of prey..
 

BIRDS OF PREY:
RAPTORS, WINGED PREDATORS

A science lesson on raptors and birds of prey. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheets.

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn about the group of birds called raptors.  They will learn about where they live and what they eat.
  • Students will learn about the function and structure of bird's beaks and wings.  They will see how the structure fits the birds' diet and lifestyle.
  • Students will learn how people affect the environment and habitats of other living creatures, both negatively and positively.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

   

  



 

 

 
 

RAPTOR LESSON PLAN

Directions:

Print the Raptors, Winged Predators reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions.  Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.

Lesson Excerpt

     Raptors, also called birds of prey, are birds that are predators.  This means they hunt and kill other animals for food.  There are many different types of these birds.  Falcons, eagles, hawks, and owls are all raptors.  They usually kill by using the talons, or claws, on their feet.

     The types of birds grouped as “raptors” are very different from each other.  Owls hunt at night, while hawks and eagles hunt in the daytime.  Owls are built differently from hawks and eagles.  Owls are called nocturnal animals.  They are active at night and usually sleep during the daytime.  Their eyes can see well in dim light.  When it is too dark for owls to see, they can still find prey by listening for it because they also have very good hearing.  The flight feathers of owls are soft on the edges.  This helps them to fly silently, and it keeps their prey from hearing them approach.

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Raptors - Birds of Prey Lesson and Worksheet

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 Includes reading passage, questions, and answer sheet.

 

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