The study of bird evolution is growing and changing very quickly.
Many new discoveries are being made, especially in Mongolia, of
early birds and feathered dinosaurs. Because the field is in such
flux, there are a lot of theories and arguments in the expert community.
This activity lets your students participate in the fun, by debating
topics in bird evolution.
Encourage your students to do some online research to make sure
that their arguments are up to date. Here are a couple of links
that might be helpful.
supports dinosaur-bird evolution, at HowStuffWorks.com
Bird Evolution, at PBS' wonderful "Life of Birds."
Students will turn in argument lists for evaluation, They will also
be evaluated based on
the following criteria.
researched topic in support of assigned argument
Group utilized first person source
Group Utilized books/newspapers/periodicals
Group Utilized Internet Sources
Student participated in group effort for research and presentation
Oral presentation skills including vocalization, and knowledge/familiarity
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