Activity

Feather study

Summary
Look closely at feathers to understand their function.
Science content
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Lessons activity is in
Materials
  • feather
  • magnifiers and/or microscope
  • drawing materials and paper
    Procedure

    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 taught
    Gr 4
    Teaching site
    ingridscience afterschool