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Small Balancing Bird Demo NGSS

  • Small Balancing Bird (single)
    Item #: CTR-250
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  • Small Balancing Bird Class Set (package of 12)
    Item #: CTR-260
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These small, colorful birds balance on anything.

Description

A smaller version of our original Balancing Bird, these colorful birds balance on anything - your finger, pencil point... The center of mass or center of gravity is designed to be beneath the tip of the beak. Each comes individually packaged with stand. Approx 8 cm (~3") wing span. Colors may vary.

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16 reviews
Major hit!
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I have purchased these as prizes for my 8th grade science students. They LOVE them! They are one of my favorite products on the entire site. Will always keep a few on hand for rewards :0)
Brandi Kirby

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My students loved their balancing birds! And they enjoy my larger balancing bird too!
Lisa Reid

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School Favorites!
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My students really love these, from first grade all the way through fifth!
Brandi Kirby

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Amazing Growing Spheres
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These growing spheres are wonderful! I use them in different ways with several grade levels, ALL the students love them!
Brandi Kirby

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I loved it! Other adults enjoyed it, too. Especially the small size. And it makes you think - and examine why it balances so well.
Karen

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Kids loved them as inexpensive gift
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Kids love these. (And mine are senior physics students.) They are often mystified at first. Is there a magnet holding it in place? But with gentle nudging they start to figure out what's going on. I love toys that help them discover.
Bonnie Yelverton

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Many Investigations with Balancing Birds
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The following are slightly edited comments of my student, Yuni. For the last two years I have been investigating balance birds. One of my investigations is that they float, even with extra weight on one wing. I like how they can balance on me and lots of different things. I recommend that the 12 pack include some more realistic looking birds.
Yuni Chun

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retired professor of biology
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These birds are great activities for any age. People are initially intrigued by the balancing and then try to balance the bird on other objects. A great demo on mass distribution.
bill wellnitz

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balancing bird
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Have purchased these before and absolute student favorite of all ages
Don Stokes

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Kids love them
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Kids love these! Very durable, inexpensive alternative to the big balancing birds.
Science Teacher

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Disappointed
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I have bought these birds over the years and was disappointed to see how small they were for the price. These are not covered by my school, but they come out of my pocket.
Denise

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teacher
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It was what I expected and engaging to students.
Warren

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Balancing Bird
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My students love looking and playing with them. These are a hit!
Mayra Martinez

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Balancing Birds - low cost high value
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These fascinate the kids, and are cheap enough to get 1/student, w/ enough left over as prizes. I love these things.
Marina P

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Excellent
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Great product for teaching balance and motion!
B Lewicki

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Simple, but classic
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Picked on of these up for a display at school and it works just like it should, providing students with a "Why is it doing that?" experience.
Mr Williams

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NGSS

This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, as shown in the table below.

Elementary Middle School High School

3-PS2-1

Students can use the Balancing Bird in the plan and to conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

3-PS2-2

Students can use the Balancing Bird to make observations and/or measurements of an object's motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.

MS-PS2-2

Students can use the Balancing Bird in the plan of an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object's motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.

MS-PS2-4

Students can use the Balancing Bird in an investigation to construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.

HS-PS2-4

Students can use the Balancing Bird as an introduction to an investigation to use mathematical representations of Newton's Law of Gravitation to predict the gravitational forces between objects.

Suggested Science Idea(s)

3-PS2-1
3-PS2-2
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MS-PS2-4
HS-PS2-4

Students can use the Balancing Bird in an investigation to understand Center of Mass. It will maintain its equilibrium at nearly all times, and will recover from a great degree of upset. The bird's balance point is its beak. Students can further explore disrupting the state of equilibrium by adding paperclips to the wings, pressing down on one wing or the tail.

Students can investigate their own center of mass by standing on their left foot on a block of wood. What happens to their body when you ask them to reach left with their left arm? Their right arm and right leg will move to regain balance or Center of Mass. How does this resemble the Balancing Bird? Ask them how center of mass helps in riding a bike, skateboard, surfboard, or snowboard.

 

* NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.

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