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Film Guides: The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

Summary

The following classroom-ready resources complement The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. By following four decades of research on the finches of the Galápagos islands, the film illustrates how geography and ecology can drive the evolution of new species.

These guides and quiz support the short film The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. The “At a Glance Film Guide” provides a short summary of the film, along with key concepts and ties to selected curricula and textbooks. The “In-Depth Film Guide for Teachers” includes a more detailed summary and background information, discussion points, lists of related resources and references, and answers to the accompanying student “Quiz.” The "Quiz" is designed as a summative assessment that probes student understanding of the key concepts addressed in the film. These documents are updated as new information and resources become available.


Curriculum Connections:

NGSS (April 2013)
MS-LS1-5, MS-LS4-2, MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4.A, MS-LS4.B, MA-LS4.C, HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, HS-LS4.B, HS-LS4.C, HS-LS4.D

AP (2012–13)
1.A.1, 1.A.2, 1.A.4, 1.B.2, 1.C.1, 1.C.2, 1.C.3

IB (2009)
5.1, 5.4, D2, D5


Supporting Materials (5)

Short Film
Four decades of research on finch species that live only on the Galápagos Islands illuminate how species form and multiply. 
Classroom Resource
This classroom experiment supports the film The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. Students collect and analyze data to learn why even slight variations in beak size can make the difference between life and death.
Classroom Resource
These two activities support the film The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. They provide students with the opportunity to analyze data collected by Princeton University evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant.
Classroom Resource
A text transcript of the short film "The Beak of the Finch" from the Origin of Species short film series.
Click & Learn
Finches discriminate between members of their own species and those of a closely related species based on song and appearance.

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