This week's standards:

* Students understand the characteristics and life cycles of organisms. (Science: Life Science)

* Students understand the interactions of animals and their environments. (Science: Life Science)

Activities:

1. Draw a picture of two cranes doing their dance. Write a sentence telling about the cranes.

2. Why is the Platte River area so important for the sandhill cranes with regard to (a)

environment, (b) food and (c) security and safety?

3. Write the letters C R A N E down the side of a piece of paper. Now look in the newspaper for

words starting with those letters that tell something about the cranes. Cut out and paste the

words next to the letters on your paper. For example, you might paste the word "corn" next to

the C because sandhill cranes eat corn.

4. Do some sandhill crane math. (1) If you drove a car 60 mph, how many hours would it take you

to cover the 500 miles the cranes can fly in one day? (2) If 500,000 cranes are located along an

80-mile stretch of land, how many cranes would you find in a one-mile stretch of land?

5. Use resource books and the Internet to learn more about cranes. Cranes have been on the

Earth for many years, so they have become important in many different cultures. Use these

questions to guide your research: In what different countries are cranes important? How have

cranes been represented in the art of different countries? What do cranes represent in different

countries? What festivals are held in honor of cranes? Are there any cranes in or near your

state?

(standards by Dr. Sherrye D. Garrett, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)