Do Animals Mourn Their Dead?

Dolphin mothers whose babies have died have been photographed in the wild, holding their young above the water and staying with them for days in what scientists believe is a period of mourning. Viewers explore grief and the mourning process in the animal world with a video that discusses elephants', chimpanzees', and crows' behavior when others of their species die. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Video best fits in a unit on animal behavior
  • Pair learners and have them research other instances of animals mourning and share findings with the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Video ends at 4:20, and the rest of time is spent discussing related videos, advertising, sponsors, and sharing links
  • Video includes high-quality diagrams, images, and other videos
  • Content is intriguing for learners
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