This activity unravels the mystery of the Mockingbird and how the Thenca of Chile helped Darwin on his voyage of discovery ‘On the Origin of Species’.

Learning objectives

  • Science: Use appropriate scientific language to identify and discuss how scientific ideas have changed and developed over time.
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment and that adaptation may lead to evolution. 
  • To understand how changes in the environment may lead to extinction for individuals or an entire species that is less well adapted to compete and reproduce successfully.

Students' outcomes

  • To us observational skills to ID different species of Mockingbirds.
  • To explain how the Mockingbird was the catalyst in Darwin’s thinking about evolution. 
  • To explain how a change in environment may lead to extinction.


Evolution of a Mockingbird

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