This is a fun and engaging experiment for studying animal adaptations.
Read aloud or have students read The Case of the Picky Parakeet. This is about a detective who is called to the house of Earl Byrd. He doesn't know what to do with his new parakeet that won't eat and is getting weak. Detective Grimes comes to the house and observes along with the local veterinarian Valerie. Detective Grimes completes an experiment and students are asked to complete the same one. They will need to record their results and draw conclusions from what they read about and tested.
-The Case of the Pick Parakeet story
-Student observation sheet
-Detective Grimes' conclusion