The Perfect Beak
Apr 17 2011
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Source: qin87liu
Summary Information


evolution, natural selection, genetic variation, Darwin, finches, beaks of finches
Workplace Skills: 
Raising Questions
Problem Solving
Secondary Research
Use of Data
Independent Thinking

Estimated Time Required:

less than 1 hour

Target Grade (Ages):

Grade 8 (Ages 13-14)

Diversity Indicators:

This lesson is suited for kinesthetic learners as it involves a lot of movement.

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Jeanne's picture

October 23, 2011 - 4:05pm

Great Lesson

I really like this lesson for a few reasons. Whereas many design lessons take more time than a single period, students can design a beak and test it out in one period. Also, this lesson can be used even in elementary school. I would be able to use this lesson with my 4th graders to discuss animal adaptations. It is a tricky concept for 4th graders to comprehend, and this hands-on lesson really brings home the point that certain beaks are good for eating certain types of food. And, of course the gummy worms just make it so much fun! Finally, the writing assignment falls in line with the implementation of the new CCSS. I am always on the look out for opportunities to add creative writing to science, and the assessment does this in a fun, engaging way.
SFoster's picture

May 27, 2014 - 9:59am

I liked tying conclusions and

I liked tying conclusions and reflections from the activity to reading and writing a letter to a "bird friend". The rubric was precise and clear.