Adaptations: Build a Bird
• create a bird based on beak, feet, and wing adaptations
• describe adaptations of birds to their environments
• describe how adaptations can help with the survival of birds in their habitat.
Explanation of procedure:
• Students will design a new bird species. They will choose the adaptations their bird will have and identify the importance and reason for each adaptation of their species.
• Categories for the adaptations will be: beak type, type of feet, and wing type.
• Each group will get a set of bird feet cards, bird beak cards, and bird wing cards. (some groups have more than five so not every card from those categories will be used in every group)
• Students will pick one card from each category: one bird beak type, one bird feet type, and one bird wing type.
• Tell the students they will “design a bird”. Each person in the group must:
o Create a picture of their bird using the adaptation cards they chose.
o Give their bird a name.
o Draw their habitat and be able to describe it to the class. (Their habitat must match at least one of their adaptations, and some birds may be able to survive in more than one habitat depending on what they have chosen)
• Each student will describe their design to the class and include all the above criteria.
**A scoring rubric has been added and a student notes page for organizing their thoughts for the assignment**
• Have students create an animal that would be able to survive in their back yard. Have them include: reproduction, body shape, food, shelter, and any other adaptations they can think of. They will draw and describe their animal.
• Set of cards are included to use as matching for a review or assessment.