Animal Behavior: Innate vs. Learned


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Spiders know how to spin webs from the day they are born. Therefore spinning a web is what type of behavior?

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1. When a mouse is placed in a maze it will explore different paths until it finds the cheese. After a number of tries it will learn the quickest path. Therefore, this learned behavior developed through what?

2. Which of the following is an example of a learned behavior?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The following worksheet will teach you more about the differences between innate and learned behavior in animals. After reading up on it, you will take the interactive quiz, which asks you questions relating to the behavior of specific animals, such as spiders.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The innate behaviors of spiders
  • Learned behavior that is developed through trial and error
  • Different examples of learned behavior
  • The facts of innate and learned behavior

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about animals and their behavioral patterns in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as innate behavior and learned behavior
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding trial and error, and other forms of learned behavior

Additional Learning

To learn more about why animals behave the way they do, review the corresponding lesson on innate and learned behavior in animals. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explores animal behavior as a whole
  • Examines the differences between innate and learned behavior
  • Discusses various examples of each type of behavior by citing specific animals