Adaptive Radiation in Hawaiian Honeycreepers

This is an article that explains the concept of adaptive radiation using a real-life scenario found on the Hawaiian Islands. The activity begins with an anticipation guide. This allows the students to access prior knowledge dealing with the concept of natural selection & adaptive radiation. Then the students will read the article. As they read they should edit their anticipation guides as they find evidence in the article that contradicts their thinking. In either case, the student should write down the evidence that supports their assertions on the anticipation guide or evidence that refutes their assertions on the anticipation guide. The last part is a short follow-up activity where the students draw their own Honeycreeper.

  1. Anticipation Guide for Article>
  2. Adaptive Radiation in Hawaiian Honeycreepers - article (takes a while to download)
  3. Draw your own Honeycreeper