Monday, July 16, 2012

Can you make a feather model?

Making models is a skill that is used by real scientists...and is a skill that teachers should be encouraging our students to use.  The next great engineers are sitting in our classrooms everyday!

With this science center, students can create a feather model which they can easily compare to the real thing.

 You will take a feather and trace around the edges.  Cut it out and tape it to a straw.  Next, try to cut out the filaments along the sides.

When you are finished, you will measure and compare length, mass and some other tests.  The reflection piece also allows you to think about why the real feather is better for the birds!

Download this resource here for FREE.

1 comment:

  1. I was scouring the internet for my new K-4 science teaching position, and I found this post. I'll definitely be using this experiment when we talk about animal adaptations! Thank you so much!

    ~Mrs. K. from The Teacher Garden Blog