Animal Behavior

While a herd of cows are eating, they tend to all face the same direction. Viewers explore the world of animal behavior, looking at both morphology and physiology, with a video that focuses on the evolutionary history of learned behaviors and why these behavior help the animal survive.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask learners to research and discuss odd or interesting behaviors of different animals, how these behaviors benefit the animals, and each behavior's evolutionary history
Classroom Considerations

  • Preview the entire video to determine if the language is appropriate for your learning situation
  • The narrator uses some interesting language, such as knock boots, in reference to the mating of mice
  • Video 25 in a series of 40
Pros

  • Interesting segment on Konrad Lorenz, his studies, and his ties to the Nazi party
  • Great, engaging segment on the male Bowerbird's ability to create a nest and collect trinkets to attract a female
  • Contains an embedded video link to a related video on Altruism
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS