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Why would a hawk move to New York City?

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DISCUSS:

Which living things should you be able to find near you, next time you spot a squirrel?

Ask the questions:
1) What does it eat?
2) What is it eaten by?

Here's what we think...

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DISCUSS:

1) What animals might live in your neighborhood? Come up with 3 places where you could look.

2) Ask the food chain questions: "What does it eat?" and "What is it eaten by?" Does this lead you to think of any new animals to look for?

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Eat or Be Eaten

Get supplies and print handouts.

In this activity, students will be playing "Eat or Be Eaten," a card game in which they make food chains. The game is designed for 2 to 4 players.

Each group of players will need:

  • A set of these 5 sheets to be cut into playing cards. (Use card stock if possible.)
  • A printout of the rules of the game
  • scissors for each player (so everyone can help cut up the cards)
  • a table where player can lay out their cards as they form food chains

Each player will need:

You may also want to print out a copy of Teacher Tips , which provides game rules and a suggestion for advanced play.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
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Activity: Pill Bugs!

Pill bugs (also known as roly polys) are a kid-friendly critter for classroom observation.

Bugman Education offers Take a Pill Bug to Lunch, a inquiry-based activity for those willing to set up a pill bug habitat.

This video shows how simple setting up a pill bug habitat can be.

For more information on these critters, check out “The secret life of pillbugs” on The Infinite Spider, a science & nature blog.

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Read and Discuss

These readings can start students thinking. Channel that energy into a class discussion.

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Exploration
Park Shanghai by Iakov Kalinin
iridescent pigeons by Denis Omelchenko
pigeons city landscape by Maglara
pigeons flying city by F. Alzheimers , used under CC BY
spooked pigeons by F. Alzheimers , used under CC BY
blue sky by Elliot Brown , used under CC BY-SA
red tailed hawk soaring by Ferris Akel
pigeons eating crumbs by Victoria Zinchenko
old man pigeons by Garry Knight , used under CC BY-SA
pigeon in hand by schankz
Pigeons in Tarnów by Aktron , used under CC BY-SA
hawk in motion by Phoo Chan
hawk in the city by Gavin Nevill
hawk perched/hunting by jeremy Seto , used under CC BY-SA
hawk cliffs by Jodie Wilson , used under CC BY-SA
hawk superimposed over skyscraper by TheBrockenInaGlory , used under CC BY-SA
skyscraper by Andreas Øverland , used under CC BY-SA
pigeon skyline by Zero One , used under CC BY-SA
hawk pouncing city by EarnestTse
pigeon walking by petrovichlili
light tan squirrel by DesignFife , used under Public Domain
squirrel by Eric Isselee
black cat by Ermolaev Alexander
nuts by Dionisvera
chain links by ClkerFreeVectorImages , used under Public Domain
red house by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , used under Public Domain
flipping over log by Hidden Villa's Science and Nature Video Series
city view of hill by Kevin Wong , used under CC BY-SA
caterpillar mini by Unsplash , used under Public Domain
lights-bugs by Leonid Eremeychuk
brick + butterfly by Leonora Enking , used under CC BY-SA
salamander by breki74 , used under CC BY-SA
salamander crawling by BrunoExplorations , used under CC BY
salamander crawling by PaddyDillon777 , used under CC BY
salamander by Vitalii Hulai
beetle by Henrik Larsson
caterpillar by Didier Descouens , used under CC BY-SA
log by ScarletKelley
nest of blue eggs by Unsplash , used under Public Domain
rabbit by PublicDomainPictures , used under Public Domain
arizona/desert house by jessicakirsh
cityscape by Yoshikazu TAKADA , used under CC BY-SA
countryside by MaxyM
suburbs by Lindasj22
Activity
pigeons by cybervelvet
crow sketch by MaKars
dead leaves by abramsdesign
fence lizard by Neil Lockhart
jumping spider by hin255
mouse sketch by chronicler
pigeon sketch by MaKars
spider by Potapov Alexander
cat sketch by onot
clover sketch by Val_Iva
cricket sketch by United States Department of Agriculture , used under Public Domain
lunch leftovers by Aleks Melnik
opossum by Apostrophe
snail sketch by onot
sparrow sketch by Teagan White
swallowtail butterfly sketch by Essentials
ant sketch by Tropinina Olga
daddy long legs sketch by Pearson Scott Foresman
flower garden sketch by Gulnara Khadeeva
gopher by Lenny712
hawk sketch by Kerris Paul, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , used under Public Domain
mole by Pearson Scott Foresman / papapishu , used under Public Domain
oak tree sketch by marijaka
beetle sketch by ClkerFreeVectorImages , used under Public Domain
cockroach sketch by evgdemidova
frog by frankes , used under Public Domain
parlsey plant by warszawianka
robin by palform
rotting log sketch by ClkerFreeVectorImages , used under Public Domain
salamander by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , used under Public Domain
caterpillar by Kirsanov Valeriy Vladimirovich
earthworm sketch by Morphart Creation
garter snake sketch by The Popular Science Monthly , used under Public Domain
grass sketch by onot
honeybee by panki
pillbug sketch by Eric Isselee
squirrel sketch by diana pryadieva
vegetable garden by dedMazay
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Unit: red-tailed hawk by Robert L Kothenbeutel