Investigating Phenomena: How and Why Do Birds Coordinate Flight?

by carolinastaff
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Carolina Phenomenon

Phenomena-driven science! Phenomena are observable, naturally occurring events that are everywhere and spark student questions and investigations. Ask students to observe the DCI-linked phenomena in the video and complete the attached student sheet prior to remote learning discussions.

Observations: Carefully watch the starlings in flight video. Gather all the evidence you can from the video, and write down everything you observe.

Generate Questions: How can the entire flock of starlings move together? What are the benefits and drawbacks of flying in a large flock? How are the birds communicating?

Research (include sources):

Final Explanation: Use a written explanation, graphic, or flow chart to present your final explanation for the starlings’ flight.

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