This lesson recaps what you have already found out about Darwin and gives you more information about his studies:
Now have a read about what Darwin discovered about Finches on the Galapagos Islands:
BATTLE OF THE BEAKS!
Battle of the beaks - a game which will represent Darwin’s finches. (Fun for all the family!)
- Each person needs a different piece of equipment which will represent a range of different bird’s beaks e.g. bulldog clip, tweezers, clothes pegs etc.
- Then you must find some different items of food to have a go picking up with your variety of ‘beaks’ e.g. seeds, frozen peas, sweetcorn, berries, pieces of pasta (to represent insects!) etc.
- Once you’ve set up, start a timer of sixty seconds and see how many items of food your ‘beak’ can pick up and place on a plate (and no, you cannot count the items that you dropped!). Whoever has the most has ‘survived and thrived’.
- Discuss which ‘beak’ was the most successful at picking up the food and why that might be.
Or you can do this investigation on your own:
Now, can you work out which bird lived on which island? You will need your best detective skills here!