Students will explore the relationship between a bird's beak and its ability to find food and survive in a given environment.

Students should be encouraged to explore how various organisms satisfy their needs in the environments in which they are typically found. They can examine the survival needs of different organisms and consider how the conditions in particular habitats can limit what kinds of living things can survive. Studies of interactions among organisms within an environment should start with relationships that students can directly observe. Students should look for ways in which organisms in one habitat differ from those in another and consider how some of those differences are helpful to survival. The focus should be on different features of organisms and how these features impact the organism's chances for survival and reproduction.

Discuss lesson's relationship to a universal concept and generalization of how systems interact. Systems are interdependent upon one another.

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