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Unit #10 – Behavior

Unpacking 10: Behavior (video)

Topics Covered in this Unit-

  1. Stimuli & Responses
  2. Sensory Capabilities
  3. The Scientific Method
  4. Animal Communication
  5. Analyzing Behavior
  6. Mimicry
  7. Learning & Memory
  8. Environmental Influences

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Exercise 1.1: Tactile Box (video)

This video describes an activity appropriate for grade levels K-1. Students will be able to: (1) better understand how animals feel with the sense of touch and (2) determine how well their own sense of touch works.

Exercise 1.2 What Is The Object In My Box? (video)

This video describes an activity appropriate for grade levels K-3. Students will be able to: (1) better understand how animals use their sense of touch to identify objects and (2) utilize their own sense of touch to make inferences.

*************  As with all BioBox activities there is a mathematical component! Simple Probability can be explored with students in grade levels K-12. Check the YouTube description of this video to determine how any student could enjoy this activity to better practice their awareness of probability, outcomes and occurrences.

Exercise 1.3: Black Box – How Science Works (video)

This video describes an activity appropriate for grade levels 3-12. Students will be able to: (1) better practice the “steps” of the scientific method, (2) broaden their ideas of science testing and results gathered through experimentation and (3) gain a better understanding that science is not done in a specific way, always following a set number and order of steps.

Exercise 3.1: Find That Flower II (video)

This video describes an activity appropriate for grade levels K-12. Students will be able to: (1) better understand how a “good” sense of vision is crucial for the survival of some organisms and (2) will be able to experience the important (and tricky) task of pollinating.

Exercise 3.2a: Slap Snack Alarm (video)

This video describes an activity appropriate for grade levels K-12. Students will be able to: (1) understand how animals “think” when choosing prey to eat and (2) better understand how warning colors are essential to food selections.

Exercise 3.2b Slap Snack Mimic (video)

This video describes an activity appropriate for grade levels 3-12. Students will be able to: (1) define mimicry, (2) describe the importance of an organism’s ability to mimic another organism and (3) better understand how animal behaviors are essential to their survival.

Printable Resources

Below are links to all documentation for this thematic unit.  Presentations are available in PowerPoint format, as well as PDFs for those wishing to print transparencies for overhead projectors.  Teachers may wish to review unit workbooks for more in-depth information before using the supplied presentations.

Curriculum Standard

Workbooks with Exercises

Presentations

Additional Readings and Supplementary Files

Scientific Journal Articles

Supplementary Files

NOTE: You will need to use WinZip or other decompression software to extract the readings and supplementary files.

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