Grade 8 students are studying changes over time in both the geosphere as well as the biosphere. To understand the changes in living things, they were inquiring into Darwin’s expedition to the Galapagos and his subsequent Theory of Evolution through an unconventional activity.
Students were challenged to use different tools to “eat” the available food on four different islands located in one of our labs.
The tools they used, represented different types of beaks that the same species of bird could have.
Through actively using their “beaks” in different environments and collecting data,
In class, after their conclusions, students recognized that some birds were better adapted for certain types of food in the different environments.
This is also what Darwin observed, and this led him to develop his famous theory.