This is an engaging lab that gets students thinking about how bird's beaks are adapted to their prey. Students use models of bird beaks and see how well they can pick up various prey. Students also create graphs of their results.
Takes 2-3 Class Periods. I use it with sixth graders but it can easily be adapted to many grade levels.
Materials Needed: Paper Plates, Skewers or Chopsticks, Clothes Pins, Craft Sticks, Spoons, Rice, Beans, String cut into worm lengths, macaroni noodles, cups, timer or stopwatch
Topics: Birds, Adaptations, Animals, Vertebrates, Scientific Method, Lab Report, Graphing, Bar Graphs, Evolution, Darwin, Warm-Blooded Endotherms, Science Experiment Investigation, Life Science, Biology, Predator and Prey