Can't take your class to a zoo or natural history museum? Here's the next best thing. This activity is a classic biological inquiry into the characteristics of a wide variety of animals. All animal kingdoms are included in a series of clips from the PBS Nature series, collected from YouTube into a Storify page.
Have a look: https://goo.gl/suC35V
Students keep a running log of animal characteristics as they view clips chosen by the instructor. If the students have available Internet, the activity works even better on an individual basis.
Makeups are easy.
The activity may take as much time as is available, up to two hours.
No answer key is provided, since the Storify page will continually change as PBS Nature makes updates in which clips are available for fair use on YouTube. This activity is inspired by one of the original BSCS Green Version labs which is no longer available.