Have you checked out our free lesson plans and STEM activities? With every book we publish we include curriculum-rich activities and nonfiction information in the back of the book—and we have additional lesson plans on our website available as free downloads!
Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly? is the story of a little bird’s first attempt at flight. Children will relate to the at first audacious and then timid baby robin as she perches on the edge of the nest watching her siblings succeed at their first flights. Will she or won’t she be brave? With a little encouragement from Mama Robin, she does eventually take the leap, and fall, and flap, and finally fly! (Find out how this book teaches growth mindset here.)
Because we are committed to publishing delightful kid-friendly stories paired with STEM education, our creative nonfiction or educational fiction books always match up with early elementary science curriculum.
Carol Malnor, former educator and curriculum content creator and now editor at Dawn, has created a full lesson plan for exploring just how that baby robin was able to fly. Fantastic Feathers for Flying is a hands-on activity that has kids investigating feathers and the features that make them function.
Would you like further lesson plans about bird identification or exploring your local habitat? Follow the links collected in this Feather Friends Lessons resource sheet where you can access a different bird-themed lesson for every month of the year. Or if you’re looking to put the “A” back in “STEAM,” take advantage of our endearing coloring pages from the book.