Squirrelly Behavior

In this activity, students will be exposed to animal behavior as a field of science. They will learn how a behavior watch provides structure to the inherently interesting activity of watching animals. Students on a behavior watch will practice skills such as patience, concentration, and perseverance. They will learn to identify a research question, develop a testable hypothesis, design a study, follow a protocol to make observations, analyze data, and discuss their results. Students will observe the behavior of squirrels.  This lesson could be extended by using their observations to determine how their behavior affects their ability to survive.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0407.5.1
Analyze physical and behavioral adaptations that enable organisms to survive in their environment.
GLE 0407.INQ.1
Explore different scientific phenomena by asking questions, making logical predictions, planning investigations, and recording data.
GLE 0407.INQ.3
Organize data into appropriate tables, graphs, drawings, or diagrams.
GLE 0407.INQ.4
Identify and interpret simple patterns of evidence to communicate the findings of multiple investigations.
GLE 0807.5.3
Analyze how structural, behavioral, and physiological adaptations affect an organisms ability to survive in a particular environment.
GLE 0807.INQ.2
Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, organize, analyze, and interpret data.
GLE 0807.INQ.5
Communicate scientific understanding using descriptions, explanations, and models.
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Lesson Variations

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