Today's Snack: "Pheasant Under Glass"
is a fancy dinner dish. It features baked pheasant served under a glass dome to
keep the meat moist. You can have "Plum Under Glass" - a juicy plum served
under a plastic cup!
Pheasant feathers (ask a friend who
hunts to save you some!)
Large container of water for dunking
Dictionary | Drawing paper and
The pheasant's beautiful and elegant
feathers are perfect camouflage for grassy meadows. Feathers help pheasants fly
short distances. They keep eggs and young birds warm, keep the bird waterproof
and help the male attract mates.
A single feather may have one million
interlocking parts. The edges fit together like Velcro, to keep the bird warm
and dry. Experiment: take a feather, press the fibers of it together with your
thumb and forefinger so that it lies smooth, and dunk it in water. See how fast
it dries if you shake it? Now, without damaging the feather, break the "seal"
with your thumb and forefinger from top to bottom - mess it up - and dunk it
again. See how much longer it takes to dry?
Besides being good biological design,
pheasant feathers are rich in Native American symbolism. The traits that the
pheasant feather represent include:
prosperity (because the
female lays so many eggs)
wealth (same reason)
creativity (because of
the male's bright colors and beauty)
influence (males are so
attractive, they may have a "harem" of 3 females)
(avoiding predators by moving around or staying still)
refinement (said to have
the most beautiful feathers in North America)
concealment (because they hide in tall grasses)
sun, solar energy (males
are bright red and yellow)
nobility (a cousin of
virtue (pheasant mothers
are very protective of their young)
Choose one of those traits. Look it up in the dictionary. Read the
definition. See how to spell it. Now draw your pheasant feather on a piece of
drawing paper. Underneath the feather, write the word you chose. Please put the
feather back for other students to enjoy. But take your picture home to share!