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Lesson 13-If I were a Bird (Adaptations)

Understanding: Students continue to observe the beauty of adaptations and begin to experience the intricacies.

Time: 45 minutes

Materials: Tweezers, spoons, clothes pins, chopsticks, etc… rubber bands, marbles, beans, etc…

Anticipatory Set: Review the previous lesson and discuss what adaptations human have to help us in our daily lives.

Lesson: Draw a table on the whiteboard with “beaks” going down the side and “food” going across the top. Separate students into two groups so that the group isn’t so large… 12 students in each group will work perfectly (and in that case have 2 tables up on the board so you can have a fun comparison)!  Give each student a “beak” (a tool to pick food up with) and get them in a big circle.  You can have 3 students who are spoons, 3 students who are chopsticks, 3 students who are clothespins, and 3 students who are tweezers and they will be on teams together.  If you are feeling like your students are high energy it might be a good idea to draw a circle with tape on the floor so that they do not jump before you say go.  Spread the “food” on the floor one at a time (for example the rubber bands go first) and after each group has approximately 75 rubber bands in front of them let them crawl into the circle on their hands and knees and use their beaks ONLY to pick up as much “food” as they can.  At the end have each team count how much “food” they got and record their answers on the table on the whiteboard.  Proceed with all of the different kinds of “food” (marbles, beans, etc…).

At the end, discuss what kids of adaptations that birds have to help them survive.  Possibly different birds have different adaptations?  Lesson to follow this lesson that could be really amazing are:


Creating a bird identification book with the birds that you see on your campus incorporation research, art, writing, and observation.

Watercolor of your favorite bird (perspectives story about your favorite bird)


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