Exercise 1.2: Adaptation Investigation

1. State your hypothesis. What do you think will happen?

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OBSERVATIONS
2. Fill in the data chart below with the number of tries it took to pick up 10 of each item.

Ten of Each

Toothpick

Kitchen Tongs

Clothespin

Teaspoon

Raisins

Rice

Cereal

Elastic Bands

Macaroni

 

ANALYZE
3. Do different adapted beaks affect what the birds can eat?

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4. Which beak is the most likely able to cope with changes in the food supply? Why? Refer back to the pictures in the lesson.

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5. Which species of bird is mostly likely to become extinct if their normal source of food becomes difficult to find? Refer to the pictures in the lesson.

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6. Is a bird's ability to eat a variety of foods an “adaptation”? Explain your answer?

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CONCLUSIONS
7 . Now that you have completed the investigation, was your hypothesis correct? Why?

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8. Why do some birds die even when food seems to be abundant and varied?

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