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Students learn NATURAL SELECTION through a simulation. Students play as birds and in an outdoor field setting they collect toothpicks scattered around in 30 sec rounds. After a set number of rounds the instructor informs them of an adaption developed by the caterpillar prey in which the bright colored caterpillars developed poison. Students see directly how NATURAL SELECTION can lead to ADAPTATIONS as they watch many of their peers die.
A high interest, fun, hands on lab experience for students ranging from 6th-12th grade. Use as either an introduction or a review of the concept.
The experience has built in ENL and special education modifications to allow all learners access to the curriculum (developed with a co-teacher). The experience has been tested and implemented with well over 100 students to ensure quality.
Lab station materials provided along with a student worksheet.
Questions at the end of the lesson asses understanding.
Additional supplies needed: Colored Toothpicks
Lesson Time: 45-60 min