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.
Tips From Teachers
“I use the Beak of the Finch short film to get the students to understand the diversity among the finches, and then follow up with Evolution in Action Data Analysis to have kids practice graphing and to build a foundation in using error bars and 95% confidence intervals. I really love the activity because it uses real finch data collected by the Grants, and it makes the analysis more meaningful to the students!” -- Melissa Eddy (McAllen Memorial High School, TX)
- NGSS (2013) LS
- HS-LS2-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4
- AP Biology (2015)
- 1.A.1, 1.A.4, SP1, SP2
- IB Biology (2016)
- 5.2, C.1, C.5
- AP Environmental Science (2013)
- II.A, II.C, III.A
- IB Environmental Systems and Societies (2017)
- 1.2, 2.1
- Common Core (2010)
- ELA.RST.9-12.7, ELA.WHST.9-12.1; Math.F-IF.7, S-ID.1, S-IC.1, S-IC.3, MP1, MP2, MP5
- Vision and Change (2009)
- CC1, CC5, DP2
319Film GuidesFilm Guides: The Origin of Species: The Beak of the FinchThe 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.
404ActivitiesNatural Selection and the Evolution of Darwin's FinchesIn this activity, students develop arguments for the adaptation and natural selection of Darwin’s finches. Students use two key NGSS science and engineering practices: engaging in argument from evidence using mathematical and computational thinking, and analyzing and interpreting data.