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Bird Beak Lab

The lab was divided into a series of six challenges.

Challenge #1: The students were given nectar as their primary food source. They were given four different sample beaks to choose from to see which would collect the most nectar. This included a spoon, chopsticks, a straw, and tweezers.

Challenge #2: The students were given fish as their primary food source. They were given tongs, chopsticks, a straw, and a skewer as sample beaks to test which beak would collect the most fish.

Challenge #3: The students were given sunflower seeds as their primary food source. The sample beaks included pliers, chopsticks, a staple remover, and tweezers to see which beak would collect the most sunflower seeds.

Challenge #4: The students were given worms as their primary food source. They were given tongs, chopsticks, skewers, and tweezers to see which would collect the most worms.

Challenge #5: The students were given small insects as their primary food source. The sample beaks included a spoon, a straw, pliers, and tweezers to see which would collect the most insects.

Challenge #6: Finally, the students were given meat as their primary food source. They were given a spoon, a staple remover, pliers, and chopsticks to see which would collect the most meat.

This lab taught students the role of animal adaptations in survival. A hummingbird as an example has a beak like a straw. The students were able to see first-hand why a hummingbird needs to have a straw like beak to survive in its environment.

Applied learning can have a dramatic effect on retention of knowledge and comprehension. We are thankful to our Maple 3rd Grade team for developing this innovative lab to teach students in a way that was interactive, engaging, and fun.