During our Evolution science topic, the children needed to understand that animals and plants can adapt to suit their environments, leading to an evolutionary change.
All of the children became Springbeak birds on Clippy Island. There were 4 different types of Springbeaks: a peg beak, a pincer beak, a bulldog clip beak and a toothpick beak. In order for each bird to survive, they needed to eat enough calories each feeding season. If they were able to eat double, the birds would survive and reproduce. If they didn't eat enough calories, the birds would die.
Before starting the activity, the children all predicted which beak they thought would be the most successful and the least successful at eating worms, lentils, sunflower seeds and marshmallows.
The children then went through 4 feeding seasons and we totalled how many of each bird was left by the end.
By the end of the activity, the bulldog beak bird had become extinct and the toothpick bird population had become over 10x bigger. The children could clearly see that the most successful bird in the environment will survive and reproduce, passing on its traits to its offspring. Over time this then leads to an evolutionary change, as there would end up being only toothpick beak Springbeaks on Clippy Island.
Here are some pictures of us enjoying our investigation:
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