Different Beaks

ACTIVITY HEADER

Name of Activity

Different Beaks

Author

Emma Coltoff, Pami Anderson

Keywords

beaks, birds, animals, adaptations

Subject

Non-LEGO

Grade Level

4, 5

Time

1 Hour Total

Brief Description

Students identify the pros and cons of each beak for “consuming” each different food source.

Lesson Objectives:

learn to identify the pros and cons of different forms of the same physical trait

Materials Needed:

Beaks: spoons, clothespins, pipettes, chopsticks, pliers, etc.

Food sources: beans, rice, seeds, grain, gummy worms in straw, etc.

Preparation and Set Up:

Put each of the food sources in a separate container

Procedure

  1. Distribute each of the different types of  “beaks.”
  2. Distribute each of the food sources to separate groups.
  3. Have the groups use their beak to try to “consume” the food source and record their observations.
  4. Rotate the food sources until all groups have tried each of the food sources.

Extensions:

More food sources, more beak options.

Modifications:

Instead of using beaks, try a different physical trait.

Reference 1

http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/Animal-Adaptations1.docx

Previous Activity (if applicable)

Birds and Their Habitats

Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable)

Animal Adaptations

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