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Feather study

Look closely at feathers to understand their function.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Science topic (2005 curriculum connection): 
Life Science: Needs of Living Things (grade 1)
Life Science: Animal Growth and Changes (grade 2)
Lessons activity is in: 
  • feather
  • magnifiers and/or microscope
  • drawing materials and paper

    Gently pull the barbs of a feather apart, then stroke them back together again. Brainstorm how they might be constructed to be able to hold together again.

    Look closely at feathers under the magnifier and microscope.
    Find the interlocking barbules along the barbs.

    Discuss the function of different kinds of feathers: for waterproofing, insulation etc.

    Grades tested: 
    Gr 4
    Teaching site: 
    ingridscience afterschool
    Activity originally developed and delivered: 

    ingridscience afterschool