ABOUT
BIRD FLIGHT
 
 Introduction
 Teachers Guide

NATURE'S FLYING MACHINES
 
 Insects  Birds  Bats
 Pterosaurs  Fish
 Wing Structures

HOW BIRDS FLY
 
 Gliding
 Soaring
 Flapping
 Migration

FUN PROJECTS
 
 Seed Helicopter
 Build a Bird

RESOURCES
 
 Ornithopter Zone
 Web Site Links
 

 



































Bird Flight Resources for Teachers

Students at Neil Armstrong Elementary
prepare to fly ornithopters.

Flapping-wing flight is an exciting way to get kids interested in science. By studying bird flight, students will explore many important areas of the science curriculum.

Flapping wing models are a versatile teaching tool that will get your students excited about learning. Building an "ornithopter" or flapping wing flyer from plans or from kit instructions is a unique language lesson that teaches students to read for information and understanding. They'll also learn math, science, and technology skills through hands-on experience. Students will want to carry out their own inquiry-based experiments to learn more about flapping wing flight. Students from the elementary grades through college investigate flapping flight at their respective levels.

Students in middle and high school can build their own ornithopters using a beginner-level model kit, which has been specially designed for ease of construction. You will find education discounts on these kits available at BirdKit.com.

Check out the free Teachers Guide for some lesson ideas and experiments kids can do. Language arts teachers often use Rodman Philbrick's book Freak the Mighty in their instruction. The title character in this story builds an ornithopter, and some teachers offer this as a project option for their students. It helps engage those students who may learn better with a hands-on approach. The book also deals with friendship, loss, accepting others' differences.

Teachers Guide in Adobe PDF format

The Teachers Guide now includes suggested rules for a student ornithopter contest! Students can use kits or their own designs and compete for the longest timed flight in your school gym or outdoors. It's a great way to motivate learning!