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Agriculture & Natural Resources

Activity Originally Created By: Austin Large

Observing Animal Behavior - Application

Part of Lesson Plan: Animal Behavior

Activity Overview / Details

Great work on those posters ladies and gents! You are quite a talented bunch! Quick re-cap: We started this lesson off today talking about how to properly and objectively observe animal behavior.  And, just a few moments ago - we heard about some pretty common behaviors that animals display during instances of nesting, mating, and after they give birth! Now, it's time to take all of that knowledge that we have, and put it to good use! Grab your "Know Books", because we are going to take a trip out to the school farm, and make observations about our very own animals!  Remember that we need to be objective, not use anthropomorphism!

If you have a school farm with animals, take your students on a trek to make some valid animal observations.  Have them record what they observe in their "Know Books".  If you do not have a school farm, deliever the following set of directions for your application activity.

Great work on those posters ladies and gents! You are quite a talented bunch! Quick re-cap: We started this lesson off today talking about how to properly and objectively observe animal behavior.  And, just a few moments ago - we heard about some pretty common behaviors that animals display during instances of nesting, mating, and after they give birth! It's time for us to harness our dramatic personas, because in just a moment we are going to be conducting skits about animal behavior.  In your groups, you will have 7 minutes to create a skit that shows the behavior of animals during nesting, of males during mating, femals during mating, and post-partum behaviors of females.  All members of your group must participate, and they must be school appropriate.  The group that had nesting will create a skit on male mating behavior, the male group will do female mating behavior, the females will do post-partum behaviors, and post-partum group will take nesting!  You have 7 mintutes, let's get to work!

Allow the groups to use their "Know Books" and the posters for the material of their skit.  Float and make sure that everything is school appropriate. At the end of the seven minutes, have the groups share their skits with the class as a whole. Process each group once they finish to fill in any information that they might not have demonstrated.