Adaptations: Bird Beaks Mini-Lesson

Use this slideshow to illustrate how different beaks enable birds to eat different kinds of food.
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Eyewitness: Bird
Eyewitness: Bird
David Burnie

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Objective
Students will learn how the shape of a bird's beak helps it get and eat food.
Suggested Time
15 minutes
Reading Level
Upper Elementary
Adaptations: Bird Beaks Mini-Lesson

Teacher Background

Flight enables birds to cover great distances in search of food. This gives them a big advantage as predators, because few animals—on land or
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  • A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
  • Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work.(Example: Is the "Underwater Sieve" caption a good one to describe the function of the flamingo's beak? Why or why not?)
Continue the Conversation
Ask students what other kinds of bird beaks they might've seen. Have them predict what kind of beak a buzzard might have (hooked since it's a meat-eater). Ask if they've seen a tiny hummingbird. Can they tell why the shape of its beak is suited to what the bird eats? (It's long and slender to fit inside a flower so the bird can drink nectar.)
Write about it
Have students "invent" their own bird. Have them list what the bird eats and describe how the bird's beak is adapted to getting this food.

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Word Power Vocabulary
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to birds and beaks by using each defined word in a sentence

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How Do Birds Adapt to Eating?
Grade: 4 - 5
In this hands-on lesson, children learn how birds' beaks have adapted to aid them in eating.

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