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Legend of the Guardians Educational Resource

Main characters: Soren, Digger, Eglantine, Gylfie, Twilight, Kludd, Nyra, Metalbeak
Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

The Shape of the Wind

Using the information given, imagine that you are Soren or Gylfie and you are about to take your first flight into the thermals.

Write a poem as if you are an owl looking down on the world whilst you are mid-flight. Use these words to help you. Once you have written your poem, draw a picture of the world from an owls’-eye view.

  • Solitary
  • Nocturnal
  • Binocular vision
  • Filoplumes – hair like feathers on beak and feet like ‘feelers’
  • Silent flight feathers
  • Stealth and surprise
  • Invisible and silent
  • Sky
  • Stars
  • Air shapes
  • Shape of the wind
  • Clouds
  • Owl noises – screeches
  • Wing-span
  • Lightening
  • Wet feathers
  • Flying through rain
  • Gizzard test
  • ‘Crabbing’ – flying sideways to get through fierce winds
  • Thermals – warm drafts of air
  • Rapid take off
  • Straight up
  • Thrust
  • Power
  • Flapping wing beats
  • Power down-stroke
  • Upstroke
  • Curl of warm air
  • Carving spirals and loops in the night
  • Thermal updraft
  • Hollow bones