Studying Animal Behavior with the Science Practices

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What is animal behavior and how do scientists study it? In this course, participants will learn how and why animals can be used to motivate and enhance student learning. Through this introduction to animal behavior, participants learn the basics of behavior, why it is important, and how it is studied. Participants will hear the inside story of animals at the zoo and discuss: adaptations, mating, territoriality, agonistic behavior (aggressive & submissive), social/dominance hierarchy (pecking order), evolution and conservation. Participants will practice developing good investigable research questions, learn the implementation of techniques to observe animals, and will practice collecting and reporting relevant behavioral data. Additionally, participants will explore how to use and modify these skills for classes of varying ages – from elementary through to middle school. Finally, the use of resources such as video and the internet will be discussed. All activities align with NY State Standards and help promote student learning. Each participant will also receive WCS curriculum, supplemental instructional resources, and the opportunity to purchase an Animal Behavior video.

Location: Bronx Zoo
Date & Time: April 2nd - April 7th from 8:30am-3:30pm
Price: $250/participant


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