Bird Beaks

Resource ID#: 23321 Type: Teaching Idea

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General Information

Subject(s): Science
Grade Level(s): 4, 5
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Suggested Technology: Document Camera, Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, LCD Projector
Keywords: bird, beaks, adaptations, environments, survival
Instructional Component Type(s): Teaching Idea Worksheet
Instructional Design Framework(s): Confirmation Inquiry (Level 1)
Resource Collection: iCPALMS

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Lesson Plan

Bird Buffet (Animal Survival):

Students learn that an animal's physical attributes, such as a bird's beak, may provide an advantage for survival in one environment but not in another. Students will participate in modeling and investigating structure and function relationships.

Type: Lesson Plan

Teaching Idea

Animal Mouth Structures:

In this teaching idea, students gather evidence to understand features that enable animals to meet their needs. In particular, students examine images and videos of the mouth structures of different animals to help them understand how animals are adapted to obtain food in their environment.

Type: Teaching Idea



The beaver is often referred to as nature's own engineer. This video segment focuses on the beaver's ability to transform its environment to suit itself. The beaver does so with an innate ability to construct dams -- a feat no creature, save humans, is able to achieve.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation