Recently, students in fourth grade learned about adaptation by doing. They explored which food types would be easier to eat with different types of bird beaks. “Beaks” ranged from clothespins to binder clips to salad tongs. Food came in a variety of forms such as beans, corn flakes and noodles. Students got to learn first hand how certain “beak” shapes helped with eating different foods and, as a result, understood the scientific concept of adaptation more completely.