Looking for a Great lab/lesson to teach your students about evolution and natural adaptations? You're in luck! Look no further! This lab is an incredibly easy (and VERY fun/interactive!) lab that I use during my evolution and/or changes over time unit. This fun activity and investigation allows students to see how different types of birds (Finches) have adapted to a particular diet. Darwin's studies on the Galapagos Islands paved the way to understanding how organisms change over time, and there is no better way to demonstrate that by allowing students to "adapt" to the diet that they have been given. This lab is one of the easiest to prepare for and my students LOVE it! It also has a graphing component to it that allows students to apply their understanding of charts and graphs into their science class! I can't say it enough - your students, if they are anything like mine, will love this lesson! Have fun!
Materials Needed (per 2 person team): Fork (1 broken, 1 whole), Spoon, Knife, 50 pieces of pasta (elbow), 50 paper clips, 50 beans (raw), Stopwatch
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