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Jeffery, Tonya D.; McCollough, Cherie A.; Moore, Kim – Science and Children, 2016
This article describes a two-day lesson in which fifth-grade students took on the role of marine biology scientists, using their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to explore human impact on the blue crab ecosystem. The purpose of "Crabby Interactions" was to help students understand the impact of human activities on the local…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Marine Biology
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Richardson, Matthew L.; Hari, Janice – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2011
We developed a predator-prey activity with eighth-grade students in which they used wolf spiders ("Lycosa carolinensis"), house crickets ("Acheta domestica"), and abiotic factors to address how (1) adaptations in predators and prey shape their interaction and (2) abiotic factors modify the interaction between predators and…
Descriptors: Interaction, Grade 8, Science Instruction, Animals
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Jones, Jason; Holloway, Barbara; Ketcham, Elizabeth; Long, John – American Biology Teacher, 2008
The predator-prey relationship is one of the most recognizable and well-studied animal relationships. One of the more striking aspects of this relationship is the differential natural selection pressure placed on predators and their prey. This differential pressure results from differing costs of failure, the so-called life-dinner principle. If a…
Descriptors: Science Experiments, Laboratory Experiments, Environmental Education, Science Instruction
Collyer, Cam – Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 1997
Outdoor lesson plan aims to stimulate student interest in animals' adaptations to winter and the various signs and clues to animal behavior. Includes questions for class discussion, tips for guiding the hike, and instructions for two games that illustrate the predator-prey relationship. Notes curriculum connections to the East York (Ontario) Board…
Descriptors: Ecology, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries
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Rioux, Pierre; Blier, Pierre U. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2006
The main objective of this class experiment is to measure the activity of two metabolic enzymes in crude extract from bird pectoral muscle and to relate the differences to their mode of locomotion and ecology. The laboratory is adapted to stimulate the interest of wildlife management students to biochemistry. The enzymatic activities of cytochrome…
Descriptors: Wildlife, Ecology, Biochemistry, Animals
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Brown, Richard G. B. – Oceanus, 1983
Discusses marine adaptations of seabirds, feeding/breeding methods, and their vulnerability to predators. Also considers dangers from new "predators," such as hunting, environmental factors (pollution/pesticides), and loss of natural environments. Future prospects for the survival of these organisms are considered. (JN)
Descriptors: Animals, College Science, High Schools, Higher Education
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Lane, Patricia A. – American Biology Teacher, 1977
Describes methods and materials for an innovative laboratory exercise that centers on the concept of mimicry and illustrates the importance of adaptation, natural selection and coevolution. Students are used as predators and raisins as prey. Included are directions for preparation of unpalatable raisins using alum dissolved in reconstituted lemon…
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Biology, College Science, Ecology
2000
This 23-minute videotape for grades 5-8, presents the myriad of animal life that exists on the planet. Students can view and perform experiments and investigations that help explain animal traits and habits. No organism on Earth can exist independently. Students find out more about animal relationships such as predator/prey relationships and…
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools
Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Dept. of Education, Saipan. – 1973
This teacher's guide is for an elementary school science unit designed for use with third grade (or older) children in the Trust Territory of Micronesia. Although there is a degree of similarity to curriculum materials developed for the Science Curriculum Improvement Study, this Micronesian unit does not purport to be an adaptation or edition of…
Descriptors: Biology, Curriculum, Elementary School Science, Environmental Education
Kaufman, Donald G.; Oh, Bobbie S. – 1996
The focus of this manual is the timber wolf and its experience in the United States. The activities are designed to enable students to gain a factual understanding of the timber wolf, question any misinformation they have learned regarding wolves, and learn to appreciate the wolf as a creature of nature rather than fear it as a creature of fairy…
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Conservation (Environment), Elementary Education
Fish and Wildlife Service (Dept. of Interior), Anchorage, AK. – 1995
This teaching packet is designed to teach Alaskan students in grades 4-6 about Alaska's seabird populations, the worldwide significance of seabirds, and the environmental conditions to which seabirds are sensitive. The packet includes a curriculum guide (containing a teacher's background story and 12 teaching activities), a separately published…
Descriptors: Animals, Biology, Birds, Educational Games