gator science

active adventures in lower school science

Bird Beak Adaptations

on October 24, 2013

3rd graders are continuing a study of birds this year by focusing on the relationship between beak shape and diet.  Students collected data in the classroom in a “minute-to-win-it” activity.  Students were given 30 seconds to pick up as many objects that they could with tweezers, large tongs, and a spoon.   Our different tools represented the different beak sizes.  We varied the food by picking up toothpicks, pennies, and marbles at separate times.   We are trying to find out what tool is best for each food.   The data helps to dive into the topic of adaptations each bird beak has to different environments.    We will continue our investigation next class and graph the final results.   We wonder who came up with the expression “eat like a bird.”   Some our birds today were very messy and ravenous.

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