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How Ingenious Animals Have Engineered Air Conditioning

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Humans aren't the only species to build structures with air conditioning—we weren't even the first! The video explains how a variety of species that live under and above ground design their structures to allow for air circulation. It focuses on termites, ants, prairie dogs, and shrimp.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Relate the information in the video to the way Native Americans created temperature control in tepees
  • Pre-teach the concept of hot air rising if needed
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  • Includes subtitles for ease of note taking
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