The Wandering Albatross

Information for Teachers

Curriculum links

This investigation is linked to the following Grade 5 Next Generation Science Standards.


LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms

Food provides animals with the materials they need for body repair and growth and the energy they need to maintain body warmth and for motion. (secondary to 5-PS3-1)

ESS2.C: Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

Nearly all of Earth’s available water is in the ocean. Most freshwater is in glaciers or underground; only a tiny fraction is in stream, lakes, wetlands, and the atmosphere.

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life have had major effects on the land, vegetation, streams, ocean, air, and even outer space. But individuals and communities are doing things to help protect Earth’s resources and environments. (5-ESS3-1)

How to search the internet

1 Keep your request short

Fewer words will give a more accurate search.

2 Choose exactly what you want

For example: Arctic Circle Climate

3 Use quotes

Double quotes around a set of words tell the search engine to consider those exact words in that exact order without any change. For example: “Arctic Circle Climate”

4 Use the plus sign (+)

If you add a plus sign (+) between words, the internet will search for all the words. For example: migrate+birds+whales+mammal

5 Use the minus sign (–) to say what you don’t want

Use a minus sign (–) to show words you do not want to appear in your results. For example: if you search for burrowing animals and do not want mammals in your search,  –mammals will exclude mammals. Note that you need to put a space before the minus sign for the word to be excluded.

6 Be very clear about what you don’t want

Part 1
Ask questions and define problems

After reading The Wandering Albatross, you may have many questions about this seabird or other long distance flying seabirds.

List your questions.

  • Compare your list with questions that others have.
  • Choose a question you would like to investigate.
  • You can work alone, with a partner, or in a small group.

You may want to choose one or more of these questions to investigate

Q1. How does this seabird survive in this harsh environment?

Q2. How is this bird able to fly such long distances?

Q3. What are the dangers to this bird?

Q4. What are people doing to protect this bird?

Go to Part 2 Investigate →

Part 2

Do searches in the internet or in books or talk to people who can help to find the information you are looking for.

Your teacher may suggest suitable websites for further information.

Go to Part 3 Record data →

Part 3
Record data

Find a way of recording your information that will allow you to see any patterns in the data. Choose another long distance flying sea bird such as the Arctic Tern, the Frigatebird, or another bird you know about

Data Chart for The Wandering Albatross

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Go to Part 4 Organize, analyze, and interpret data →

Part 4
Organize, analyze, and interpret data

1. Look over the information you have gathered and the patterns you have found.

How are some seabirds able to fly long distances?

Why do they need to do this?

How do they conserve energy?

How do they rest?

2. Search for other patterns.

Do these animals need to stop along the way? Why?

What might happen if there was no food for them?

3. Makes notes about what you find.

Go to Part 5 Present and share →

Part 5
Present and share

Look over all of the information that you have gathered in your investigation.

What are the most important ideas about long distance flying seabirds?

Make a chart showing the most important ideas.

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