Instinctive Behavior Activity: Up and Moving 'Speed Dating'

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Science of Curiosity
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6th - 12th
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Biology Review of Instinctive Behaviors that is fun for students - and gets them up and moving!

Review examples of instinctive behaviors in a fun, fast paced game of Speed Dating! Includes examples of

  • territorial defense
  • dominance hierarchy
  • courtship, migration
  • estivation
  • hibernation
  • photo and chemo-taxis.

Students get into pairs, each person gets a card, pairs have a copy of the same card. Together they decide what type of behavior their card exemplifies. Collaboration! Critical Thinking!

One student of each pair then moves to the right, and new pairs share their cards. They try to guess the example of each other's card. After 30 seconds (I set a timer) students shift again to the next person, and repeat.

Students always enjoy this game!

Examples on cards can also be used as prompts for charades!

Resource includes:

- Full teaching guide - two pages! Very detailed - options for differentiation!

- Instinctive Behavior Example Cards

- Instinctive Behavior Definition Cards for matching

- Student notes sheet to record examples and definitions


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**Stay Curious!**

Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. Examples of changes in ecosystem conditions could include modest biological or physical changes, such as moderate hunting or a seasonal flood; and, extreme changes, such as volcanic eruption or sea level rise.
Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce. Emphasis is on: (1) distinguishing between group and individual behavior, (2) identifying evidence supporting the outcomes of group behavior, and (3) developing logical and reasonable arguments based on evidence. Examples of group behaviors could include flocking, schooling, herding, and cooperative behaviors such as hunting, migrating, and swarming.


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