Animals in Action
Life Science Activities for Grades
Written by Katharine Barrett
The classroom corral used in this unit serves to focus attention
on the animals gently placed inside, allowing students to observe
the behavior of a gerbil, the movements of a cricket, and other
compelling characteristics of animals in action.
Observing the contained animals closely, the class adds foods,
shelters, and other elements to the "corral environment,"
exploring the concepts of stimulus and response. As other questions
are introducedHow do animals move? What do they prefer
to eat? How do they respond to light and sound?students
generate hypotheses and test their validity through behavior
experiments with rats, crickets, guinea pigs, cardboard boxes,
and common classroom objects. The class concludes the unit with
a scientific convention to discuss findings.
This unit makes an excellent connection to the GEMS guide Aquatic
Habitats, another unit in the GEMS series that
explores animal behavior, habitat, and conservation.
Time: Five 45-minute sessions, plus follow-up sessions.
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Spanish Language Student Materials
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