The Perfect Beak
Apr 17 2011
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Source: qin87liu
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Summary Information

Keywords:

evolution, natural selection, genetic variation, Darwin, finches, beaks of finches
Topic: 
Biology

Target Grade (Ages):

Grade 8 (Ages 13-14)

Estimated Time Required:

less than 1 hour

Diversity Indicators:

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

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Comments

coffeeholicat's picture

April 27, 2011 - 8:14pm

I love the assessment.

I love the assessment. Writing letters applying what you learned is a great way to assess students' understanding. I usually assign this kind of assignments to my seventh graders because they like writing letters to their friends.
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.
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