Nesting Like a Birdbrain

In this modeling activity, students use RAFT materials to build “bird nests” for protection and comfort. Since birds mainly use their beaks for this survival activity, students use only a model “beak” for building. Who will make the best nest and have the best chances of having their baby birds survive?

Grades covered: 3 through 8
Curriculum Topics: Ecology, Adaptations, Natural Selection


Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

Categories include:
  • Life Science
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Science
Tags: Design Solutions, Structure & Function, Ecosystems, Adaptation
Subjects covered: ["Life Science"]