Aug 152013


Photo Credit: Paul Tomlin

The ability to fly is a fascinating biological phenomenon. In this short activity, students will identify characteristics of birds that allow them to fly, and how these characteristics are different from other animals that cannot fly.Many of these characteristics are listed in this lesson for teacher use, including how bird wings are arc shaped, causing decreased air pressure above the wing compared to below.Students also will learn that not all birds are able to fly.

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand that gravity is a force that pulls objects toward the center of the Earth
  • Understand that not every bird can fly
  • Explain several reasons for why birds are able to fly and many other animals can not fly


Lesson Plan

Bird and squirrel picture

Lesson created by Brook Wilke