Rabbit Olympics

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This activity (on page 2 of the PDF under SciGirls Activity: Rabbits) is a full inquiry investigation into observing, recording, and graphing animal behavior. Groups of learners will hold a “Rabbit Olympics,” observing pet rabbits’ performance in a series of timed events. Learners will find the average score for each event and graph the scores to compare the data. This activity can be modified for any pet, but the activities should be selected based upon behaviors that the animal naturally displays. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV: Rabbits.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 1 or more pet rabbits!
  • rabbit food treats
  • 2 large bedsheets [Dash event]
  • a large cardboard cylinder and old newspapers [Tunnel event]
  • a 12” wide plank, 4 feet long, and a chair [Ramp Climb event]
  • a small, lightweight, hollow plastic ball [Ball Nudge event]
  • a stopwatch
  • a notebook


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
    • Number and Operations
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Animals


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Highlights STEM opportunities for this group
    • Identifies role models or mentors in STEM fields from this group
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group


Components that are part of this resource:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • DragonflyTV


  • All rights reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., 2006

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 436260