Recommended for Grades 3-5: Students observe a selected group of birds at Save Our Seabirds that exhibit a variety of adaptations in their beaks, legs, and feet. As they observe each bird in its SOS habitat, students are guided to notice and describe the size, shape, and other characteristics of the bird’s beak, legs, and feet. The leader connects the bird’s physical adaptations to that bird’s habitat in the wild, what it eats, and how it gets its food. The culmination of the exploration takes place in our Education Center, where the leader reviews the adaptations students have observed. Students then use commonplace items such as chopsticks, tweezers, and tongs to simulate the food-getting techniques of some of the birds they’ve observed. Throughout, the leader reinforces key concepts and learning goals related to adaptation and habitat.
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