LIVE Nesting Eagle Cam

The Eagle is our national bird and here we have the rare opportunity to see one on the nest. We know thousands of you have been watching the live nesting video feed from Decorah, Iowa through We thought you would like to know one of three eggs hatched Saturday morning. The second and third are expected to hatch soon. These eggs have been in this nest since late February/early



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Questions Written by Laura Odom

If you have not visited the page at the top of our blog, ASSIGNMENTS, then you are missing out on a great opportunity to incorporate those Technology Application TEKS seamlessly right into your core curriculum.

Each month, we try to write some questions in a PDF format that will provide students direction when utilizing our annual subscription to FACTS4ME. Just click on the tab at the top of the blog and you will be taken to the research page of our blog, Probe, Dig, Find. The topic of the questions is listed underneath the image of the globe. You will then see three buttons: A, B, C  By clicking on each letter, a document for printing opens. Students then login to FACTS4ME by following the directions listed on the page and answer the 5 questions.

  • Group A questions are Multiple Choice.
  • Group B questions are Short Answer.
  • Group C questions are Essay.

Consider the levels of your students and assign them to the appropriate level of questions.

Challenge09 #8 Animals in the Wild – Continued…


What wonderful timing!  We were asked to link to websites or videos to THE animal we would prefer to see in the wild rather than in a zoo.  Our class had made a list researched on Facts4Me, but we were having a really hard time narrowing the selection down to the one we would choose above the rest.

Meanwhile, just outside our classroom, the third graders in Mrs. Blankenship’s room were in the middle of a measurement lesson which combined both Science and Math. We watched the development of this project with great anticipation and curiosity.  These students first measured the average length of the blue whale (Thanks to Mr. Webb and Room 8 Melville for this awesome link) and hung crepe paper from the ceiling tiles to equal that length.  They then predicted whether or not the combined height of the total students in the classroom would equal the length of the whale’s body.  Lying along a tape measure, each student’s data was recorded and tagged with the name and total feet/inches.  It was proven that the total height of students was sufficient to equal the length of a blue whale. Students were then asked to lie on the floor along the tape measure, head to foot, to give them a true understanding of the magnitude of this great mammal.

This made such an impact on my students that without hesitation they have choosen as the animal they would love to see in the wild would be the blue whale.

Thank you for this Blog Challenge.

We have Blog Visitors from all over the world, and we would like to know….Are there whales where you live?  If so, have you ever had the privilege of seeing one in the wild?  We would love to know!