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Big Idea
The evolution of animals has led to new classification systems and complex body structures.
Essential Questions
What characteristics do all birds have in common and how did they evolve from dinosaurs?
Standards


SCHS-S01-C02-01
Demonstrate safe and ethical procedures (e.g., use and care of technology, materials, organisms) and behavior in all science inquiry.
SCHS-S01-C02-05
Record observations, notes, sketches, questions, and ideas using tools such as journals, charts, graphs, and computers.
SCHS-S01-C04-04
Support conclusions with logical scientific arguments.
SCHS-S01-C02-02
Identify the resources needed to conduct an investigation.
SCHS-S01-C04-01
For a specific investigation, choose an appropriate method for communicating the results.
SCHS-S04-C04-06
Analyze, using a biological classification system (i.e., cladistics, phylogeny, morphology, DNA analysis), the degree of relatedness among various species.
SCHS-S01-C02-03
Design an appropriate protocol (written plan of action) for testing a hypothesis
  • Identify dependent and independent variables in a controlled investigation
  • Determine an appropriate method for data collection (e.g., using balances, thermometers, microscopes, spectrophotometer, using qualitative changes)
  • Determine an appropriate method for recording data (e.g., notes, sketches, photographs, videos, journals (logs), charts, computers/calculators)
SCHS-S01-C04-03
Communicate results clearly and logically.
Content/Core Ideas
  • Very diverse group but they all have feathers, 2 legs with scales and front limbs for wings and evolved from theropods.
Academic Vocabulary
sternum
preen gland
down feather
contour feather
crop
gizzard
brood patch
ornithologist
crop milk
endotherm
migration
molting
Resources
Assessments
These are SOME ways for students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the content.
  • Students will create a web page field guide of local birds.
  • Students will create a poster that compares a bird’s beak with its diet.