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4-H Animal Behavior


Created by abrunetti86, last updated 2015-11-13

Classes to teach ages 6-11 about animal characteristics and behavior


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Find Your Pack

Trade out the concept of "wolf" pack for "coyote" pack - it will better relate to the Texas native fauna.

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For the Birds

Potentially may need to prep the area by feeding birds each day I visit the school - this will get the birds comfortable for when the students and I would need to go out and observe them closely.

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Bird Feeder

Possibly my culminating service project for the end of the K-1 animal behavior class - create bird feeders to position all about the school property as a form of community service.

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Frog Olympics

Insect observation lesson? Maybe create and set out the traps one week and the following week, check on what has been caught and observe their behavior. Conclude the class by releasing the flies (hopefully if they haven't died yet) and again, watching what they do at immediate release.

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Crazy Camouflage

Camouflage and adaptations day!

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Fish Wheels

Get a pet fighting fish as the class pet - teach about different fish body structure and reasons for each.

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Whale Cart

Replicate this lesson using a different animal - check 4-H warehouse for animal pelts/skulls/etc. and focus lesson on that particular animal and class (i.e. reptiles, mammals, birds, etc.)

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Fish Features and Habitats

Watching a fish swim/eat/etc. Alter its habitat to observe different reactions

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Find the Parent

Incorporate into lesson about human physical growth versus birds/reptiles.

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Sound Off!

Adaptations-related activity. Incorporate with lessons about birds and hearing abilities.

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How Animals Stay Warm

Teach kids about mammals adaptations - teach in junction with Meet A Beaver.

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Who Eats What?

Rock, Paper, Scissor Food Web - interactive, innovative, creative.

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Bug Hats

Comparing humans and insects.

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Bird Binoculars

Use in-conjunction with bird feeder lesson

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Our Beautiful World

Teach students how to use their 5 senses - basic observation skill building

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Generating and Recording Data

Teach students how to organize things learned during class - keeping track

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Build a Bug

Arts & Crafts - Kids have the opportunity to create their own insect and build "adaptations" into their project.

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Ladybug Spots

Arts & Crafts - Creating symmetry to understand insect characteristics and adaptations

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Going Buggy: Three Body Parts

Incorporate the song "Head, Thorax, Abdomen... Abdomen!"

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Hungry as a Caterpillar

Teaching adaptations with activity about caterpillars vs humans - body structure and development/growth

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Measure Yourself

Teaching about how humans differ from other animals

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It's All About Birds

Arts & Crafts - Build a bird and give each special characteristics and "jobs in nature"

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Skin, Scales and Skulls

Different animal classes to use when teaching about the various vertebrates on planet Earth

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The Senses of "Unknown Creatures"

Experimenting with earthworms - observing how each reacts to specific stimuli

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Temperature Time Warp

Experiment with cold-blooded critters

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