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Pet Handedness


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    Twin Cities Public Television

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Pet Handedness

This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into whether pets show a preference for the left or right paw, or “handedness” like people. Learners will develop three simple activities that require a cat to use its paw, observe and record each test at least ten times, and then tabulate the results to see if the evidence is conclusive. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV: Pet Handedness.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • pet treats
  • peanut butter
  • clear plastic cylinder
  • cat dangly toy
  • CATS!
  • Individual or group notebooks and pencils

Subjects


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

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Explicity developed for this group
    • 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

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • DragonflyTV

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2005

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 436260

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