The Early Years: What Sort of Feather? by: Peggy Ashbrook

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What do feathers have to do with flying? How is a feather like a hair? Do all feathers look the same or serve the same purpose? What does a feather look like inside? These are the type of open-ended questions to explore with your students as they handle feathers, wool, and hair. In addition, children can classify birds by many characteristics, including color, shape, size, and adaptation, such as webbed feet. Classifying objects such as feathers supports children’s learning about the objects as well as how scientists order the information they gather and is part of the National Science Education Content Standards A: Science as Inquiry and C: Life Science.

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  • on Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:48 AM

Animals have different body coverings and each one can have a specific function for that animals. In the activity provided in this article, students examine different feathers using a hand lens. After they discuss the structure of the feather they then explore how different animal coverings move through air by watching different body covering materials fall to earth.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:47 PM

I enjoyed reading about how students sort and classified different animal feathers. Students can sort feather by size, color, patterns, etc. I would use this activity in my classroom.

Kia Shields
Kia Shields

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