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  • Is It an Animal?

    Book Chapter | March 2018

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about animals. The probe is designed to find out what characteristics students use to determine whether an organism is classified as an animal. The probe…

  • Animal magnetism

    Book Chapter | January 2006

    The magnetic force is strange and does not exist for neutral particles—only for charged particles, if those particles are moving. The direction of the force isn’t toward the magnetic field or away from the field but “…

  • The Vision of Animals

    Book Chapter | April 2008

    In their study of animal coloration, the students will be “hiding” animals from themselves. If the students cannot easily spot a fish, they may assume that the fish will be overlooked by another fish or by a preying…

  • Animal Behavior

    Book Chapter | March 2009

    Ethology—the study of animal behavior—combines the observational skills of a natural historian with modern insights from ecologists, geneticists, and especially evolutionary biologists. In this unit, students discover…

  • Animal Hormones

    Book Chapter | March 2009

    In this unit, students explore hormonal regulation of insect development. Students look at fruit flies—Drosophila melanogaster—in various stages in their life cycles and expose larval flies to a range of concentrations…

  • Animal Walk

    Book Chapter | February 2018

    In this lesson, children will go on a nature walk to a local park (or around the school grounds) to observe and count the types of animals that live there and to learn about animals’ basic needs. In addition to the…

  • Structures of Animals

    Book Chapter | May 2019

    The guiding question of this investigation is, How should we classify the unknown organisms? In this lesson, the goal is to figure out how to classify an unknown animal based on the type of food it eats and how the…

  • Animal Walk

    Book Chapter | May 2019

    This activity is about going for a walk to look for animals in the neighborhood. Encourage children to talk about how animals look, how they move, and what they eat and make a list on chart paper of all the animals they…

  • Animal Coloration: Activities on the Evolution of Concealment

    NSTA Press Book | April 2008

    A classic resource for teachers is now back in an updated edition! Using an inductive and experimental approach, Animal Coloration aims to increase students’ awareness of the ways wild organisms are adapted to their…

  • Animating Your Lecture

    Book Chapter | January 2006

    Animations (rapidly changing sequences of drawn objects that simulate motion as in a movie) have been advocated for classroom use for years (Hall 1996), and there is good evidence to support the value of this practice.…

  • Animal Kingdom: Shark Advocate

    Book Chapter | June 2008

    Most sharks are the top predators in their ecosystems, yet they are often at the bottom of the conservation priority list. Because they are underprotected and exceptionally slow growing, and therefore vulnerable to…

  • Termite Trails (Animal Behavior)

    Book Chapter | November 2012

    The purpose of this activity is to help students understand that some organisms, such as termites, have instinctive inherited behaviors. These inherited instinctive behaviors, which evolved over time through the process…

  • What Does an Animal Eat?

    Book Chapter | October 2012

    This sample from, What Does an Animal Eat? offers insights into two special aspects of hungry animals: how their teeth and beaks offer clues about what they eat and how the food chain helps make sure there’s enough for…

  • Animal Behavior Ethograms

    Book Chapter | December 2016

    In this lesson, students will come to understand the range and frequency of behaviors in which animals can engage, and how those might be affected by factors such as weather conditions or time. Disciplinary core ideas…

  • Environmental Influences on Animal Behavior

    Book Chapter | May 2014

    The purpose of this lab is for students to apply what they know about animal behavior and the interactions among species and their environment to determine ”How Has Climate Change Affected Bird Migration?” The lab also…

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