Keep a Whooping Crane Migration Journal

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Journal Page

Tips for Teachers
Use the pages the way we designed them, or customize the pages as appropriate for your class. (Just download our page, open through your Word application, enter your own questions, categories, or spacing — and print!) Tips for using your journals:

  • Bookmark this special Weather Page for current temperatures in crane habitat.
  • Print a cover and 10 journal pages (1 per migration update) for each student. Journals can be stapled, bound, or kept in each student's pocket folder to pull out on "Journey North days."
  • Notice the map — a reminder that we're tracking two flocks in spring. By keeping track temperatures at each "dot" indicated, students will have a basis for their predictions. (Also see our before-migration lesson: Making a Map of Whooping Crane Habitat.)
  • My Headline is a chance for students to identify the main idea of each Web update in their own creative way.
  • Summary is a place to sum up the week's highlights in a paragraph with supporting details. Encourage students to compare and contrast the two populations throughout the migration season.
  • Answer our Journal Questions. We've allowed space for students to answer any or all of the excellent Journal Questions that appear in each migration update and many lessons. (They can flip the page over for more space.)
  • Other Thematic Journals. The whooping crane migration study is rich with concrete examples of key science concepts (such as habitat, adaptations, ecosystems, seasons and cycles). See more tips on teaching themes and Journey North journals: Building Understanding Through Long-term Studies.
  • Helpful Links: Journey North Journals; Journaling Questions and Assessment

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership