In this lesson first grade students consider how a human problem can be solved by mimicking a structure from the animal world that has a similar purpose. Provided with NGSS alignments (1-LS1-1) by NSTA.

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This resource is a biomimicry lesson based on the book Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart.  The lesson was written by Christine Anne Royce and published in the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) publication Science and Children, Vol. 53, No. 9, Summer 2016. The [email protected] site further provides detailed annotations from NSTA curators outlining how the project is or could be aligned to NGSS standard 1-LS1-1.

In this lesson students consider how external parts of one organism can be mimicked or adapted to help solve a human problem. By doing so, students think about what that particular external structure does for the organism and how its design could help in a different situation, encouraging engineering applications. The book Feathers: Not Just for Flying demonstrates that external structures that seem to serve only one purpose can actually be used for a variety of different things.

The lesson and view detailed NGSS alignment information are provided on the [email protected] site.

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