Downloadable Literature Guides

You can purchase the Kids Wings 43-page units for 4 Nonfiction Bird Books:
Challenger, America's Favorite Eagle, Eaglet's World, Thunder Birds Nature's Flying Predators, and Vulture View NOW for immediate download for only $16.95!
Click here to Purchase and Download through Teachers Pay Teachers!

Thunder Birds, Nature's Flying Predators
by Jim Arnosky

A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

Nature's magnificent hunters stretch their wings and come to life on the pages of Thunder Birds, Nature's Flying Predators. Gigantic fold-out pages featuring realistic paintings allow you to see the characteristics and actual size of more than sixty life-sized predators. Among those included are Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Owls, Herons, Egrets, Pelicans, Loons, Cormorants, and Gannets. Descriptions of their distinctive hunting styles accompany the paintings and sketches inside. It is truly a celebration
of some of the most astounding birds on earth.

Thunder Birds, Nature's Flying Predators will be a terrific addition to your school or classroom library, and the Kids Wings activities will increase its learning potential and fun!

Research Links
Kids' Wings Activities for Thunder Birds

Author Jim Arnosky

Ten-Minute Art Lessons by Jim Arnosky
Author Jim Arnosky honored for a lifetime contribution to science

A Master Fisherman: The Osprey

Wikipedia: Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
Bird Identification Keys

Bird Songs

Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman


Other Science Picture Books
for Grades 3-7

Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights by Marjorie Facklam
Chocolate: Riches of the Rainforest by Robert Burleigh

Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars by Douglas Florian
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley
Down, Down, Down, The Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins
Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs by Robert Sabuda & Matthew Reinhart
Follow the Trail: A Young Person's Guide to the Great Outdoors by Jessica Loy
Nic Bishop Frogs by Nic Bishop
Hotshots! by Chris L. Demarest
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino
Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor
by Emily Arnold McCully

Mosquito Bite by Alexandra Siy and Dennis Kunkel
My Light by Molly Bang
Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman

Sea Clocks by Louise Borden

Smokejumpers by Elaine Landau
Spiders and Their Websites by Marjorie Facklam
\Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
by Catherine Thimmesh
Thomas Edison, A Brilliant Inventor by the Editors of TIME for Kids
Trout Are Made of Trees by April Sayre
How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning by Rosalyn Schanzer

Terrific Literature for Middle School
by Gary D. Schmidt's Okay for Now
with awesome bird connections:

John James Audubon Birds of America Gallery
Natural History Art Gallery
Garden of Praise Art Studio
Audubon's The Arctic Tern (picture and description)
The Arctic Tern in color
The Red-Throated Diver (picture and description)
The Large-Billed Puffin (picture and description)
The Yellow Shank in color
The Snowy Heron and Works of John James Audubon
The Forked-Tailed Petrels
Audubon's description of The Stormy Petrels
Descripton of the Forked-Tailed Petrels
The Brown Pelican (picture and description)
The Great Esquimaux Curlew


An 8-page Kids Wings unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts or projection on your SmartBoard for Kids' Wings Activities for Thunder Birds is now available for instant download! Included are three more award-winning books featuring these special birds! 33 pages in all! (Challenger, America's Favorite Eagle, Eaglet's World, and Vulture View)

The Unit Contains:
Discussion Cards
Before you Read
Birdy Words Crossword Puzzle
Singing or Reading to the Beat of the Wings (Group Research, Comparison, Art)
The Thunder Birds' Chant
Understanding Thunder Birds
A Working Vacation, Logic Puzzle
Answer Pages

PLUS Challenger, America's Favorite Eagle, also Included in the Download


Eaglet's World --unit included in the download:


Vulture View included in this download!

Thunder Birds is one of the literature guides in the terrific Reading Out of the Box Collection with 25 titles for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. Order Reading Out of the Box while supplies last and you'll only pay about $1.40 per unit. You'll save money and have a great collection of ready-to go lesson plans and activities for the year that will make your class cheer.

Our special thanks to Laura's Midi Heaven and Howard Firm for his performance of
"Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. 30 in D minor" by Sergei Rachmaninov


More Award-Winning Books for 2012-2013

Buy Thunder Birds
by Jim ArnoskyNOW!

Amazon Logo

Your purchases through  the Kids Wings and Amazon Links help to keep our website doors open!

Contact Us     Home    Bookstore     Integrated Curriculum      Build Character    

Order Kids' Wings Printed and Bound Collections Now on Sale   



Disclaimer: The links here have been scrutinized for their grade and age appropriateness; however, contents of links on the World Wide Web change continuously. It is advisable that teachers and parents review all links before allowing student use. Please contact us immediately if you find any inappropriate links.

Kids' Wings® has created outstanding activities for each novel, units which provide the latest in integrated curriculum. Your purchases through the Kids Wings Bookstore and Amazon Links help to keep our website doors open!


©2012 Kids' Wings. All Rights Reserved.