It’s Fall and animals are on the move—migrating long distances and facing extreme challenges along the way.
Migration is a powerful compulsion, but it’s also very dangerous. Why do animals do it? Where do they go? How do they succeed? Find out the answers to these questions and so much more in the book Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration.
LESSON PLAN: The Mystery of Migration
This lesson will capture your students interest in the phenomena of migration as they learn about the ten species featured in the book, as well as species in your local area.
Suggested Grade Level: K-4
- Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration by Marianne Berkes
- Pictures of local animals
- Bookmarks of the 10 animals featured in the book, 1 set for each small group of 3-4 students (free download)
- World Map, 1 map for each pair of students (free download)
Download a detailed migration lesson, Going Home Lesson Plan, published by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and created by Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry. This plan will take your students through the five stages of a science inquiry lesson. A brief synopsis of each stage of the lesson is below:
- Engage—Guess the animal being described in the read aloud using the bookmarks.
- Explore—Draw migration routes. Then compare distances.
- Explain—Sort the bookmarks in several ways: their reason for migrating, how they travel, and a category of their own choosing.
- Elaborate—Research the animals in your area that migrate and those that don’t migrate.
- Evaluate—Discuss the reason the author calls migration a mystery. Discuss the migration mysteries that scientists are still learning about.
Extension: Additional lessons for Going Home are available under “Activities” at www.dawnpub.com,
Common Core Standards (ELA K-4)
- ELA Writing: Research to Build and Support Knowledge K.7, 1.7, 2.7 3.7, 4.7
- ELA Reading Information Text: Key Ideas and Details (K.1, K.2, K.3, 1.1,1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2,2.3, 3.1, 3.2 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3); Integration and Knowledge of Ideas (K.7, 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7)
Next Generation Science Standards (K-3)
- LS1.A: Structure and Function
- LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
- LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems.