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Download Lesson Plan for Educators Inspired by Flap to the Future!

To supplement Bird Academy's online game Flap to the Future, Cornell Lab K-12 Education created Jump, Guide, or Fly? Exploring Bird Evolution. Targeting 6th-8th grade students, this lesson plan supports educators looking to teach topics around flight, adaptation, and evolution. The lesson plan contains three activities that explores similarities between modern birds and their dinosaur ancestors, adaptions for flight, and the relationship between structure and function.


Students will...

  • identify and compare common characteristics of prehistoric and modern birds.
  • understand the advantages and disadvantages of certain adaptations.
  • apply knowledge about adaptations to create a futuristic bird.






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