The Darwin’s Birds Lab allows students to have a hands on experience while exploring the key concept of natural selection. Students will reenact how different physical attributes of four different finches causes natural selection. The lab gives students a deeper understanding about natural selection and how certain attributes are advantageous and disadvantageous depending upon the environment in which they are found.
Texas Education Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
B.7A analyze and evaluate how evidence of common ancestry among groups is provided by the fossil record, biogeography, and homologies, including anatomical, molecular, and developmental (Readiness Standard)
B.7C analyze and evaluate how natural selection produces change in populations, not individuals (Supporting Standard)
B.7E analyze and evaluate the relationship of natural selection to adaptation and to the development of diversity in and among species (Readiness Standard)