Animal Populations & Behaviors Activities for High School

Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

Do you need to find activities to help your students understand animal populations and behaviors? Look here! This lesson has various ideas to keep your students engaged and help them figure out why animals behave as they do.

Animal Populations and Behaviors

Teaching students about animal populations and their behaviors can be fun! Animals have their own responses, or behaviors to certain stimuli. They are either born with a sense of what to do or have to learn by watching others. By incorporating meaningful activities into your lesson plans, you will spark your students' interests.

Your students have the possibility to learn a great deal through experience in your classroom. Take a look at some ideas for activities you can use to deepen your students' understanding of animal populations and behaviors.

Factors Affecting Population

Your students get to display information about things that affect populations of animals.

Materials

  • Poster board (possibly trifold)
  • Markers, colored pencils, crayons
  • Computers
    • Internet access
    • Programs such as Microsoft Word
  • Printer and printer paper
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils

Procedure

  • Students will work with a partner to create a visual representing the factors that affect animal populations. Factors such as pollution, droughts, deforestation, disease and predation would provide excellent examples.
  • Explain that partners will work together to research information and then present it with a poster. They may create the posters with or without the use of technology.
  • Students must include the following on their visual:
    • A clear description of seven to ten factors that affect populations of animals
    • Pictures or drawings to increase visual appeal
    • Ways to prevent negative effects on populations
  • Allow time for students to research information and create a visual representation of their information.
  • Students will display their posters in the classroom or hallway.

What's the Difference?

Help students distinguish the similarities and differences between innate and learned behaviors with this writing activity.

Materials

  • Resource(s) on animal behaviors
  • Venn diagram for each student
  • Pencils
  • Writing paper or computers with a typing program such as Microsoft Word

Procedure

  • Students will work individually to compare and contrast innate behaviors with learned behaviors.
  • Explain that students will complete a Venn diagram and then write an essay to explain the similarities and differences between types of behaviors.
  • Allow time for students to research information and fill out a Venn diagram.
  • After that, students will culminate their research into an essay distinguishing examples of each type of behavior. Students must include the following in their writing:
    • What are innate behaviors? What are learned behaviors?
    • At least one example of each type of behavior
    • Clear description of any similarities and differences between the two
  • When students are finished writing or typing their essays, they will share them with a partner.

Did You Know?

Students get to research and present information about a specific animal and its behaviors.

Materials

  • Computers
    • Internet access
    • Programs such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint or Google Slides
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Index cards for presentation notes

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