Reflection: Checks for Understanding The Birds and the Beaks - Section 5: Elaborate


After we completed out Talking Chips Activity in class, I had a few minutes that I needed to fill before lunch. I didn't want to waste the time, so I used it wisely by providing a quick check for understanding to see what my students were able to tell about bird adaptations, based on the shapes of their beaks.

I went to Google Images and searched up several images of different types of birds. Once I found a few, I posted them on the projector, one at a time. The students would have to look at the shape of the beak and try to determine what the bird was likely to eat. They also had to try to figure out where the bird may live, based on their major food source (ex: near the ocean, in a tree, etc). The students loved this! Just to make it fun, I looked up the strangest birds I could find, by using "strange bird beaks" and "weird bird species" as my search terms. Some very interesting species came up and the kids loved trying to figure out more about it based on its adaptations.  

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The Birds and the Beaks

Unit 2: Zoology
Lesson 4 of 17

Objective: SWBAT discover the form-function connection between bird beaks and their food, and identify other adaptations birds have to survive in specific habitats.

Big Idea: Each organism is adapted to live in its habitat and to obtain the things it needs in order to survive. The beaks, feet, and legs of most birds are adapted to eat specific things in their environment.

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