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The bird adaptations jigsaw research project asks each student to explore a different adaptation, answer questions, and create a poster. Research corresponds to the Adaptations section of Project Beak, an educational website.
This short activity packs a lot of punch. Students learn about animal adaptations by reading closely and perusing media to answer questions. Then they explore specific adaptations and organize information in prepackaged posters. Most students should be able to complete their tasks in two class periods.
NOTE: This resource is included in a larger research project: Blended Learning Animal Research Project (Birds and Their Adaptations).
• 25 Expert Questions Sheets
• 25 Expert Posters
1. The student reads carefully to find information about a specific type of adaptation and records it on a corresponding student page.
2. He/she then digs farther into one aspect of the adaptation and creates a poster.
3. Experts then share information, and the posters may be organized into a comprehensive classroom display.
• Expert 1: Feather Parts
• Expert 2: Feather Types
• Expert 3: Molting
• Expert 4: Wing Size & Shape
• Expert 5: Physics of Flight
• Expert 6: Tearing Beaks
• Expert 7: Cracking Beaks
• Expert 8: Sipping Beaks
• Expert 9: Drilling Beaks
• Expert 10: Picking Beaks
• Expert 11: Probing Beaks
• Expert 12: Striking Beaks
• Expert 13: Straining Beaks
• Expert 14: Scooping Beaks
• Expert 15: Swimming Feet
• Expert 16: Feet for Catching Prey
• Expert 17: Perching Feet
• Expert 18: Wading Feet
• Expert 19: Climbing Feet
• Expert 20: Skeletal System
• Expert 21: Breathing
• Expert 22: Digestion
• Expert 23: Elimination
• Expert 24: Ears
• Expert 25: Eyes
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RI.4.7 RI.5.8 – Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on web pages).
W.4.7 W.5.8 – Conduct short research projects
W.4.8 W.5.8 – Gather relevant information from print and digital sources.
SL.4.2 SL.5.2 – Paraphrase or summarize information presented in diverse media.
SL.4.4 SL.5.4 Report on a topic or text in an organized manner using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details; speak clearly at an understandable pace.