Lesson plan about divergent evolution, adaptation, and environmental pressures.
Unique Beak Physique is a fun and engaging lesson where students learn about the concepts of natural selection, adaptation, and divergent evolution. Students participate in a game that simulates competition for resources among bird populations. Household tools like spoons, tongs, scoops, and tweezers are used to model bird beak adaptations. Environmental conditions and competitions change throughout the game and students are able to observe the effects on the survival of different species. Students end the lesson by creating a bird that would be specifically suited to live in a particular assigned environment.