About This Chapter
How it works:
- Begin your assignment or other life science work.
- Identify the animal behavior and communication concepts that you're stuck on.
- Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
- Press play, watch and learn!
- Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
- As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.
Who's it for?
This chapter of our Middle School Life Science Tutoring Solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about animal behavior and communication and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:
- Struggle with understanding innate and learned behaviors, carrying capacity, circadian rhythm or any other topic related to animal behavior and communication
- Have limited time for studying
- Want a cost effective way to supplement their science learning
- Prefer learning about science visually
- Find themselves failing or close to failing their animal behavior and communication unit
- Cope with ADD or ADHD
- Want to get ahead in middle school life science
- Don't have access to their science teacher outside of class
Why it works:
- Engaging Tutors: We make learning about animal behavior and communication simple and fun.
- Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
- Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live science tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
- Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn about animal behavior and communication on the go!
- Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.
- Examine the characteristics of innate and learned behaviors
- Learn about different kinds of ecosystems
- Define carrying capacity and limiting factors
- Describe the circadian rhythm
- Explore the visual and auditory communication habits of animals
1. The Circadian Rhythm
You wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night. But some animals do the opposite: wake at night and sleep during the day. What determines the time of day you're active is your circadian rhythm, an internal clock that keeps daily time for you.
2. How Animals Communicate: Chemical, Visual & Electrical Signals
Animals use a variety of different signals to communicate with each other. In this lesson you'll identify the different types of communication signals and the situations in which they might be most useful.
3. Monarch Butterfly: Migration, Life Cycle & Facts
The monarch butterfly has a fascinating life cycle and migration pattern that is repeated every single year. Read this lesson to learn how an egg eventually becomes a butterfly and how incredible this species is!
4. Why Do Cats Purr?
In this lesson, we'll look at the social and biological reasons why cats purr. We will cover how purring can be used as a type of communication between cats and humans, between cats and other cats, as well as how it helps them self-soothe and even heal from injury.
5. Why Do Cats Knead?
If you've ever spent time with a cat, you may have experienced a little kitty massage with sharp claws in your midsection. This is known as 'kneading.' In this lesson, we'll look at some of the reasons scientists have put forth as to why cats of all species exhibit this behavior.
6. Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
Have you ever seen your dog eat grass? Did you ever wonder why? This lesson explains the many reasons why this may occur and if you have anything to worry about.
7. Why Do You Get Tired After You Eat?
The hours after a holiday meal are usually accompanied by extreme tiredness and the urge to take a nap. Because we eat food for fuel, this seems the opposite of what we might expect. So it's time to uncover the truth: why do we get tired after we eat?
8. Why Do Dogs & Cats Lick People?
Does your dog or cat lick you? Do you know why they do it? It turns out, there is way more than just one reason. Use this lesson to help you figure out why your dog or cat is licking you.
9. Why Do Dogs Howl?
Does your dog howl like a wolf? Do you know why it does? It may be trying to send you a signal. This lesson gives you a way to decode what it is that your dog may be trying to tell you.
10. How Long Do Cats Sleep?
If you have a kitty, chances are he or she is snoozing right now. In this lesson, we will discuss the reasons that all animals sleep, but particularly cats - how long they sleep and why they sleep as long as they do.
11. Why Do Cats Meow?
In this lesson, we will discuss domestic animals and the ways in which cats are, or are not, domesticated. We will talk about how cats use meows to interact with humans.
12. Reverse Sneezing in Dogs: Causes & Treatment
In this lesson, we will talk about what a reverse sneeze looks and sounds like. We will talk about why dogs reverse sneeze, what makes a dog prone to reverse sneezing, and what to do when your dog reverse sneezes.
13. Why Is Chocolate Bad for Dogs?
Chocolate has some chemicals that can really harm dogs and cats. In this lesson, we will learn about these chemicals and discuss some symptoms of chocolate poisoning. We'll also cover what you should do if you think your pet has eaten chocolate.
14. Why Do Dogs Pant?
There are a ton of different reasons why your dog may be panting. Want to find out why? It may have to do with temperature, cancer, pain, or one of many other possibilities.
15. Why Do Dogs & Cats Have Whiskers?
In this lesson we'll look at why dogs and cats have whiskers, what exactly these structures are, and the many purposes they serve for our furry friends.
16. Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails?
Dogs convey emotions though their body movements, especially through their tails. In this lesson we're going to discuss what they're trying to say to us through this type of communication.
17. Why Do Dogs Shake?
Is your dog shaking? There can be many reasons for why it is shaking. It may have to do with medication, or emotions, or some sort of disease process. This lesson tells you about them and much more.
18. Carnivorous Dinosaurs: Types & Names
In this lesson, we will explore the major types of carnivorous dinosaurs. We will define what a carnivore is, and determine what types of dinosaurs were carnivorous.
19. Major Animal Phyla & Their Characteristics
In this lesson, we'll be learning about the nine major phyla of Kingdom Animalia. We'll go over what types of animals are in each phylum, as well as describing some characteristics of the phylum's members.
20. Exotic Animals: Definition & Names
This lesson will define exotic animals for you from a U.S. legal perspective. It will cover some potential other definitions of exotic animals, and it will list some names of exotic animals as well.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the Middle School Life Science: Tutoring Solution course
- Introduction to Life Science: Tutoring Solution
- Characteristics & Chemicals of Life: Tutoring Solution
- The Parts of Cells: Tutoring Solution
- DNA Replication & Mutation: Tutoring Solution
- Cell Division & the Cell Cycle: Tutoring Solution
- How Living Organisms Get Energy: Tutoring Solution
- Classification of Organisms: Tutoring Solution
- The Origin & History of Life On Earth: Tutoring Solution
- Genetics & Hereditary Traits: Tutoring Solution
- Genetic Engineering Basics: Tutoring Solution
- Natural Selection & Evolution in Life Science: Tutoring Solution
- Microbiology & Types of Microbes: Tutoring Solution
- Introduction to Ecosystems: Tutoring Solution
- Types of Ecosystems: Tutoring Solution
- Changing Ecosystems: Tutoring Solution
- Invertebrates: Tutoring Solution
- Mammal Reproduction & Development: Tutoring Solution
- The Cardiovascular System: Tutoring Solution
- The Blood Vessels: Tutoring Solution
- The Digestive System: Tutoring Solution
- The Urinary & Endocrine Systems: Tutoring Solution
- The Muscular System: Tutoring Solution
- The Skeletal System & Connective Tissue: Tutoring Solution
- Sight, Hearing & Other Senses: Tutoring Solution
- Health Issues & Concerns: Tutoring Solution
- Plant Biology & Structure: Tutoring Solution
- How Plants Grow & Reproduce: Tutoring Solution
- Environmental Concerns: Tutoring Solution
- Natural Resources: Tutoring Solution