Saving the Whooping Crane Lesson Plans


Whooping cranes were in danger of becoming extinct.  At one point, there were only fifteen of them left in the wild.  Scientists knew they needed to help create a new flock.  They used an incubator to hatch them, but who would raise the chicks?   And, even harder, who would teach them to fly and migrate south for the winter?

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “This exciting story for young readers is made all the more engaging by the trials and tribulations of the whoopers and the caring and devoted scientists who managed the early lives of these magnificent birds.  Children’s librarians would do well to add the book to their collections.”


Thank you, National Geographic!  Once again, the Society has come up with an excellent lesson plan.  This unit includes geography (of course), life science, and a view of how scientists work to help endangered species.  Carefully described, it includes downloadable maps, discussion questions and links to video.  Find it by clicking on the crane above.


Journey North is a fantastic site that helps teachers and students study wildlife migration from gray whales and monarch butterflies to the whooping crane.  It has wonderful resources: downloadable booklets, slideshows, videos, lessons, and activities.  Click on the cranes above, each having a separate sample of what this site has to offer.  After that, you’re all your own!