Bountiful Beak Adaptations Lab

Posted on Posted in 8th Grade Science

 Photo credit: Charles Darwin’s drawings of finches.

Before starting a beak battle, I like to show the following video from HHMI BioInteractive titled, “Galapagos Finch Evolution“.

 

 

Battle of the Beaks, from The Linnean Society of London, is a great way to review phenotypes and to teach students about adaptations, when introducing the topic of natural selection.

There are other versions of this lab online, including a free version with a worksheet layout for students, from Science Rocks.

Battling Beaks (a.k.a. ForkBeaks), available from merrillville.schoolwires.net is another version that is fun, and you need less materials to complete this lab.

 

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