A flash of harmless lightning, A mist of rainbow dyes, The burnished sunbeams brightening From flower to flower he flies. ~John Banister Tabb
Learn about these amazing tiny flying machines by completing the following…
- Start by watching a video about hummingbirds: http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2015/03/31/what-happens-when-you-put-a-hummingbird-in-a-wind-tunnel/
- Show what you learned by choosing two of the prompts to complete. Post your response as a comment or email your response to the EY coordinator at your building.
- Using many details, explain how a hummingbird hovers.
- How does a hummingbird continue to hover in wind and rain? Explain the process for both.
- What part of the video was most interesting to you and why?
- What other questions do you have about hummingbirds?
- Take it a step further by conducting research to find another animal that is in a symbiotic relationship. Provide information about both parts of the relationship and how they support one another.
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4 thoughts on “L. Arts Mini-Spark #4: Hummingbirds-Tiny Flying Machines”
Hummingbirds hover by flapping their wings in a infinity loop movement. Hummingbirds can flap their wings in a infinity loop while other birds go up and down or front to back.
Hummingbirds can fly in rain because they shake their body like a dog does. When it’s covered in rain, it shakes and the water comes off.
I thought it was cool that they can hover for so long even when they are so tiny. I’m gonna learn more over the summer.
I didn’t know hummingbirds weighed less than a nickel.
Hummingbirds stay hovering because their wings flap in a figure 8 motion. In a storm, they would in addition, turn their bodies around and use their tail like a rudder. It will also shake off rain from its body like a wet dog.
I wonder if they ever get tired of flapping their wings and have to land?