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NY State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Education


K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd



Resource Types

  • Worksheets
  • Activity - Outdoors

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York



Things With Wings Outdoor Activity

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  • This outdoor activity sheet prompts students to find things with wings in four different environments.
  • Students look for anything with wings in the air, near water, in the woods, and in a field.
  • There is also space for students to write in something they spot that is not listed on their activity sheet.
Teaching Tips


  • This short activity gets students outdoors to observe their environment and notice things that fly.
  • This would be an effective introductory activity before discussing flight as an adaptation.
  • This activity encourages independence and allows students to write in their own observations.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be to follow safety instructions in outdoor environments.
  • The worksheet is for New York but the animals listed are present in many locations around the United States and elsewhere.
  • You can reference this NYDEC website for more worksheets like this one. 


  • Consider having students work in small groups and encourage individuals to draw examples of their observations on the back of the paper.
  • Be sure to give students proper safety instructions and perhaps have some assistance from additional adults before venturing outside.
  • After students complete their activity sheet, lead a discussion about why flight is important for some of the organisms they observed.
  • Discuss with students if certain organisms are migrating to new areas and how this may be connected to changes in climate.
Scientist Notes
This resource does not have any specific science to review, but is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
      • 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.PE.2.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
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