Symbols of The USA–The Bald Eagle

Symbols of The USA-The Bald Eagle

Objective: Help children understand the Bald Eagle is one of the Symbols of the United States of America.

Preparation:       

Find drawings or pictures of bald eagles from books, magazines or old calendars.

Puppet Materials Needed:

  • paper lunch bags,
  • white paper cut to the size of the flap of the paper bag,
  • some crayons,
  • scissors,
  • glue,
  • construction paper brown, white and yellow

Suggested books:

  • An Eagle Flies High by Alice Pernick
  • Eagle by Lloyd G Douglas

Lesson:

Read a book.

Discuss the eagle as a symbol of our country, while showing pictures.

  • The bald eagle is a large, powerful, brown bird with a white head and tail.
  • The bald eagle was chosen because it has a long life, strength, beauty and freedom.
  • This majestic bird can only be found in North America.
  • The word “bald” white not having no feathers.  It comes from an old word which means “white.”
  • Bald Eagles live near large bodies of open water such as lakes, marshes, seacoasts and rivers, where there are plenty of fish to eat and tall trees for nesting and roosting.

Activity-Paper sack puppet:

  • Cover the FLAP of the paper bag with white paper.
  • Draw the eyes onto the HEAD. Demonstrate how to draw eyes step by step. (1. Draw 2 half circles.  2. Make a circle in each half circle. 3. Make a dot in each circle). If you like, you can use sticker eyes.
  • On yellow paper help the children draw a beak. (Make an upside-down teardrop shape with little lines for nostrils)  Have the children cut them out.
  • Using brown construction paper, help the children draw wings. (Make half circles that each cover half of the paper; draw in “U’s” along the bottom edges to look like feathers.)
  • Using white construction paper, help the children draw tail feathers. (An upside-down heart with an extra bump.) (Can use scraps from the wings.) Have the children cut them out.
  • Have the children color and embellish their drawings. Glue the beak under the eyes. It will hang down over the BODY.
  • Make sure you only put glue on top of the beak (where it touches the HEAD) so you don’t end up gluing the mouth shut.
  • Glue the wings into the FLAP.
  • Glue the tail on the BACK.

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