Students learn about variation, reproductive isolation, natural selection, and adaptation through this version of the bird beak activity.
UC Museum of Paleontology
One class period
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.
- Evolution results from natural selection acting upon variation within a population. (LS4.B)
- Traits that are advantageous often persist in a population. (LS4.B, LS4.C)
- Organisms with similar requirements may compete with one another for limited resources.
- Individual organisms with advantageous traits are more likely to survive and have offspring. (LS4.B, LS4.C)
- The number of offspring that survive to reproduce successfully is limited by environmental factors. (LS4.B, LS4.C)
- Environmental changes may provide opportunities that can influence natural selection. (LS4.B, LS4.C)
- A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing. (P3, P4, P6, P7)
- There is variation within a population. (LS3.B)