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Animal Behavior Tray Lab Activity

Avg. Ratings: 3.0 (1 Review)
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  • NGSS Life Science DCIs LS 1 And LS 2
  • Pre- and post-laboratory assessments
  • Links to real world concepts
  • Estimated class/lab time required: 45 minutes
WARD'S Animal Behavior Tray is useful when determining whether an observed behavior is taxis, kinesis, or learned, as well as observing habitat selection. Employing the framework concepts of Structures and Properties (LS1) and Ecosystems (LS2), students can observe how certain organisms either migrate to or from certain ecosystems. The tray consists of one center compartment and four outer compartments. By placing small animals in the center and creating various environments in the outer compartments, it is possible to observe the animals' behavior toward a particular environment, denoting their preference for a particular type of environment or stimulus. This kit has been aligned with all published National Standards. Pre- and Post-laboratory assessments and vocabulary words all target specific Science and Engineering Practices and common core standards. The teacher guide also contains specific "Did You Know" concepts that link the real world with scientific standards explored. A student copy master is also included. This activity can be performed multiple times with materials included.

Ordering information: Suggested animals to use in the Animal Behavior Tray include sow bugs, mealworms, earthworms, small pond or land snails, crickets, cockroaches, daphnia, Planaria, tubifex, pill bugs, flesh flies, etc. This activity includes Animal Behavior Tray, Clear Acrylic Cover, and Filter Paper. Materials needed but not supplied include Animals, Black Construction Paper, Light Source, Colored Cellophane, Environmental materials (Peat Moss, Sand, Gravel, Potting Soil etc.), and Chemicals (Ammonia, Bleach, Vinegar etc.).



Item # Description No. of Lab Groups Unit Availability Price Quantity
470190-600 Animal Behavior Tray Lab Activity
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Avg. Ratings: 3.0 out of 5

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The design of the trays is great for experimental purposes but the material they are made of is flimsy plastic and leaves a lot to be desired.
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