An Eagle’s Feather

An Eagle’s Feather by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Frances Alvarez

An Eagle's Feather cover

The An Eagle’s Feather – Teacher’s Guide (8 pages, free download) features activities that target national science, math, writing, and art education standards for grades K-5. This website provides background information and digital content to complement the printable Guide.

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Supplemental Materials for the Activities in the Guide:

Activity 1: Healthy Habits

Here are sample graphic organizers to help students think about habitats.

This shows an illustrated version of how to fill in the chart to the right. It shows food, cover, water, and space as well as other.
Habitat list chart - has 4 columns stating food, water, cover, and space for you to fill in the info below

Activity 2: There’s No Place Like Home

Consider using these images of common North American bird’s nests to compare to the Philippine Eagle’s nest:

Activity 3: Swooping for Supper

Observe Philippine Eagle hunting behaviors in this video.

Activity 4: Eagle Experts

Activity 5: Trying Wings on for Size

When making eagle wings, fold the cardboard over and tape it together again to create an “arm pocket,” as seen in the photo below. Try painting or drawing on the wings as a group to make the experience even more life-like for your students!

Child with handmade wings

Activity 6: Showtime!

If you’ve never created a shadow puppet theater, this video will help!

Activity 8: Powerful Posters

Philippine Eagle Foundation

Activity 9: Communicating Conservation

The Top 100 EDGE Bird List identifies the most evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered bird species in the world and includes photos and details.

National Education Standards

Science Connections (SCI; Next Generation Science Standards)

  • K: K-L-S1-1, K-ESS3-3
  • 1: 1-L-S1-1, 1- L-S1-2, K-2-ETS1-2
  • 2: 2-LS4-1, 2-PS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2
  • 3: 3-LS2-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 3-LS4-2
  • 4: 4-LS1-2
  • 5: 5-PS1-3, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS3-1, 3-5-ETS1-2

Art Connections (ART; National Core Art Standards)

  • K: Cr1.1.Ka, Cr1.2.Ka, Cr2.1.Ka, Cr2.2.Ka, Cr2.3.Ka, Re.7.1.Ka, Re.7.2.Ka, Re8.1.Ka, Cn10.1.Ka
  • 1: Cr1.1.1a, Cr1.2.1a, Cr2.1.1a, Cr2.2.1a, Pr4.1.1a, Re.7.2.1a
  • 2: 1.2a, Cr1.2.2a, Cr2.1.2a, Cr2.2.2a, Cr2.3.2a, Cr3.1.2a
  • 3: 1.3a, Cr1.2.3a, Cr2.1.3a, Cr2.2.3a, Cr2.3.3a, Cr3.1.3a, Re.7.2.3a, Cn10.1.3a
  • 4: 1.4a, Cr1.2.4a, Cr2.1.4a, Cr2.2.4a, Cr2.3.4a, Cr3.1.4a, Re.7.2.4a
  • 5: 1.5a, Cr1.2.5a, Cr2.1.5a, Cr2.2.5a, Cr2.3.5a, Pr5.1.5a, Re7.1.5a

English Language Arts (ELA; Common Core State Standards)

Reading: Informational Text

  • K: RI.K.1, RI.K.2, RI.K.3, RI.K.4, RI.K.7, RI.K.8, RI.K.10
  • 1: RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.3, RI.1.6, RI.1.7, RI.1.10
  • 2: RI.2.1, RI.2.3, RI.2.4, RI.2.6, RI.2.8
  • 3: RI.3.1, RI.3.2, R1.3.4, RI.3.7, RI.3.8, RI.3.9
  • 4: RI.4.1, RI.4.2, R1.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.4.7, RI.4.8
  • 5: RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.5, RI.5.6, RI.5.8

Reading: Literature

  • K: RL.K.1, RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.4, RL.K.6, RL.K.7, RL.K.10
  • 1: RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL..1.3, RL1.4, RL.1.6, RL1.7, RL1.9, RL.1.10
  • 2: RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.6, RL.2.7
  • 3: RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.6, RL.3.7
  • 4: RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.4.7
  • 5: RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.6

Speaking and Listening

  • K: SL.K.1, SL.K.2, SL.K.3, SL.K.4, SL.K.5, SL.K.6
  • 1: SL.1.1, SL.1.2, SL.1.3, SL.1.4, SL.1.5, SL.1.6
  • 2: SL.2.1, SL.2.2, SL.2.3, SL.2.4, SL.2.6
  • 3: SL.3.1, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.3.6
  • 4: SL.4.1, SL.4.2, SL.4.3, SL.4.4, SL.4.5
  • 5: SL.5.1, SL.5.2, SL.5.3, SL.5.4, SL.5.6


  • K: W.K.2, W.K.3, W.K.8
  • 1: W.1.2, W.1.3, W.1.5, W.1.7, W.1.8
  • 2: W.2.1, W.2.2, W.2.3, W.2.5, W.2.6, W.2.8
  • 3: W.3.1, W.3.2, W.3.3, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.3.7
  • 4: W.4.1, W.4.2, W.4.3, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.4.8, W.4.9
  • 5: W.5.1, W.5.2, W.5.3, W.5.4, W.5.5, W.5.9

Mathematics (MATH; Common Core State Standards)

  • K: K.MDA.1, K.MDA.2, K.MDA.3
  • 1: 1.MDA.2, 1.MDC.4
  • 2: : 2.MDA.1, 2.MDA.2, 2.MDA.3, 2.GA.2
  • 3: 3.MDC.5, 3.MDC.7
  • 4: 4.OAA2, 4.MDA.2
  • 5: 5.MDC.3