Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Adaptations: Bird Beaks - Version 2

Sorry, I didn't get all the materials together to take pictures to adorn this post, but I promised it was forthcoming and wanted to share before too much time had passed.  

This version of the bird beak activity has 6 stations.  At each station, students will use 3 different beaks/tools to collect the food featured at that station.  The goal is to determine which beak is the best matched to the food source.   (For a simpler version of this activity, see here). 

Students will try each beak for 15 seconds.  The collected food will be placed in a cup, and then returned to the supply.

Station 1:
Nectar: water in a graduated cylinder
Tools:
--Clothespin
--Medicine dropper
--Pipette

Station 2:
Worms: gummy worms in sand
Tools:
--Straw
--Chopsticks
--Clothespin

Station 3:
Seeds and Nuts: sunflower seeds, etc.
Tools:
--Chopsticks
--Tweezers
--Pliers

Station 4:
Aquatic Plant Life: aquarium plant in water
Tools:
--Pliers
--Tweezers
--Pipette

Station 5:
Insects: rice stuck into a styrofoam log
Tools:
--Tweezers
--Chopsticks
--Pliers

Station 6:
Fish & Water Animals: beads & plastic fish in water
Tools:
--Tongs
--Tweezers
--Chopsticks

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