Movement

Birds and Planes: How do they fly?

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    1-2 hours

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

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    intermediate

Question and Wonder:

  • How do birds fly?
  • Why do they move their wings that way?
  • Do all birds move their wing the same way? What do you notice?
  • Do planes fly differently than birds? How? What makes them go?
  • Who controls the plane?Looking at pictures of birds and planes.

Make a paper plane and a paper bird. Talk about how they are designed. Fly your creations several times and talk about what you observe. You can use these templates or design your own. https://www.foldnfly.com/1.html

https://iheartcraftythings.com/paper-bird-craft.html

Imagine and Design

  • What do you notice about them?
  • How are they different? How are they the same?
  • How do you think those differences change the way they fly?
  • Put out your arms and pretend to be a bird and an airplane. How did you move as a bird? An airplane?
  • Why did you move that way? How did your movement change?

Go to a park and watch the birds. Ask your parent or caregiver to take you to a place near the airport where you can watch planes fly. Take binoculars  if you have them and get a close up look.

Test and Discuss:

  • How did your models of birds and panes differ from the real thing?
  •  How could you change your design to make it more like what you observed?
  • Which came first birds or airplanes? Why do you think that?
  • Do you think scientists designed planes by studying birds? Why or why not?
  • What other ways does nature influence design?

Did You Know?:

Birds wings and plane wings have similar shapes. Learn more about the science of flight using the links below.

https://www.natgeokids.com/nz/discover/science/general-science/science-dr-karl-planes-fly/

https://youtu.be/eSF6ghOxekM

https://youtu.be/wFTHh-6jIT8

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/303-how-birds-fly

https://youtu.be/3So7OMwNgy8

https://youtu.be/cDN9qqoQZr8

 

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