Bird Beaks

This complete lesson plan explores the relationship between a bird's beak and its ability to find food and survive in a given environment.  It includes a game students play in class, in which they try to gather various kinds of "food" with a chosen "beak." This lesson plan addresses the above GLE directly, and allows students to experience why physical adaptations allow an organism to survive.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0407.5.1
Analyze physical and behavioral adaptations that enable organisms to survive in their environment.
 
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Learning objectives: 

Purpose:

To explore the relationship between a bird's beak and its ability to find food and survive in a given environment.

 

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding
Extension suggestions: 

Extensions:

  • The Science NetLinks lesson, Animal Adaptations can help extend the ideas in this lesson by expanding students’ knowledge of animal features and behaviors that can help or hinder their survival in a particular habitat. 
  • All About Birds is the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology site that provides a wealth of information about birds.

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