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After this lesson, students will be able to:
- describe and identify the structure of a feather using the correct subject-matter vocabulary
- name and identify the different types of feathers
1 - 1.5 hours
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- Copies of the lesson Bird Feathers: Types & Parts, one for each student
- Samples of different types of feathers
- Hand magnification lenses
- Colored pencils
- Index cards
- Poster boards
Warm-Up and Preparation
- Explain to students that today they're going to be ornithologists, or scientists who study birds.
- Divide students into small lab groups and give each a few feathers to observe. What do they notice?
- After several minutes of observation, have groups share their findings using sensory descriptions, such as color, shape, size, texture, etc.
- Now have them look more closely at the structure of the feather itself. What do they notice?
- Share observations as a whole class, then discuss:
- What is similar about our feathers?
- What is different about our feathers?
- Ask each student to choose one feather on which to focus and sketch in their science notebooks.
- Distribute the lesson Bird Feathers: Types & Parts and ask for a volunteer student to read the first section 'Flying High' aloud while classmates follow along.
- Read through 'The Structure of a Feather' with students and have them label their feather sketch as they do so, recording the definition along with the label.
- Next read 'Types of Feathers' and discuss:
- What type of feather do you have? How do you know?
- How and why is feather color important?
- Where on the bird is your type of feather located?
- Give each student three index cards. On one card, instruct them to sketch their feather. On another, have them write a fact about their type of feather. Finally, on the third card, have them write a question about their feather.
- Have each student in the lab groups set their feather sketch and fact card face-down on the table top. Have them keep their question card.
- Invite students to take turns flipping two cards over and attempt to match cards. Once a match is found, the student who made the cards should ask the flipping student their question. If they can answer correctly, they keep all three cards. If not, they flip the first two back over.
- Allow groups to play until all cards have been captured, then read the 'Lesson Summary' together and take the quiz.
- Give each group a poster board and have them plan a teaching poster for bird feathers.
- Tell students they should tape their feathers to the board, label, and describe what types they are. Students may use any design they choose and should include their questions and answers from the card activity in a 'Questions' section on their poster.
- As students work, walk around the room to guide.
- When finished, invite other students to your classroom for a 'Fun with Feathers' class taught by your students.
- Have students write an imaginary story titled 'The Journey of My Feather.' What type of bird is it from? How did it lose the feather? Where did the feather go from there?
- Ask students to research the types of birds in your area and identify feather types.
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