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Science - 5th Grade
Standard 5 Objective 2
1 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students will become aware of how anatomical adaptations make it possible for a bird to survive in certain habitats. Students will then apply their knowledge to create their own species of bird that will survive in a chosen environment.
A number of basic concepts in ecology can be introduced with a high level of understanding using this simulation and variations on it. For competition within or between species, it is probably easiest to ask students to imagine they are an individual of one or more species of birds found in the same general area. The birds' differ from one another in terms of shape and size of their bills, feet and wings.
Have students write a creative paragraph about their feathered creations explaining its adaptive characteristics suited for its environment. Remember that the bird's food supply may be imaginary as well as its environment.
Evaluate student drawings using the following criteria:
Original lesson plan by Julie Snow.