Ethogram & Animal Behavior Research
The Ethogram and Animal Behavior Research: In Your Classroom and at the Zoo
Answer questions about why animals do certain things by observing class pets, family pets, wild animals from the yard or park, or zoo animals. Create your own ethogram, a tool that animal researchers use to categorize all behaviors a species performs. Build skills in observation, description and quantification. Many teachers find this unit helps students who enjoy writing and social sciences to generate an interest in science.
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Grade level: 5-8
Authors: Janet Crews, Stan Braude, Carol Stephenson, Terrilyn Clardy
Developed by teachers with educators at the Saint Louis Zoo.
Developed with support from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources, Science Education Partnership Award.