CE-MIST Student Programs at the RPSEC

Ravenous Raptors

Student Programs Lesson Information, Standards Correlations, and Post Visit Activities

Ravenous Raptors: Students will have an up-close look at two of this area’s most common birds of prey, the Barred Owl and the Red-Tailed Hawk, as we examine their role in the food chain. We will compare and contrast the unique physical characteristics and adaptations these birds possess, as well as their habitats, food preferences, and communication techniques. We will use field guides and dissect owl pellets.

Traveling Science Kits that support or extend this lesson
Related Children’s Literature List
Post Visit Activities

This lesson supports the following standards:


7-4.1 Summarize the characteristics of the levels of organization within ecosystems (including populations, communities, habitats, niches, and biomes).
7-4.2 Illustrate energy flow in food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids
7-4.3 Explain the interaction among changes in the environment due to natural hazards (including landslides, wildfires, and floods), changes in populations, and limiting factors (including climate and the availability of food and water, space, and shelter).

Social Studies

7-7.7 Summarize the dangers to the natural environment that are posed by population growth, urbanization, and industrialization.

Language Arts

7-2.1 Analyze central ideas within and across informational texts.
7-2.2 Analyze information within and across texts to draw conclusions and make inferences.
7-2.6 Analyze information from graphic features (for example, charts and graphs) in informational texts.
7-3.2 Analyze the meaning of words by using Greek and Latin roots and affixes within texts.
7-6.7 Use a variety of print and electronic reference materials.


7-5.4 Recall equivalencies associated with length, mass and weight, and liquid volume:
1 square yard = 9 square feet, 1 cubic meter = 1 million cubic centimeters,
1 kilometer = 5/8 mile, 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters; 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds; and
1.06 quarts = 1 liter.
7-5.5 Use one-step unit analysis to convert between and within the U.S. Customary System and the metric system.

Please direct inquiries to:
Student Programs
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
USCA, 471 University Parkway, Box 3, Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 641-3313 from Augusta 278-1967 Ext. 3313


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Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Center of Excellence in Educational Technology
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801

URL: http://rpsec.usca.edu/student/CE-MISTSP/RavenousRaptors.html (January 2009)