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Below is a sample breakdown of the Animal Behavior chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Innate Behavior: Reflexes, Kineses andTaxes; |
Learned Behavior: Imprinting, Habituation and Conditioning
| A look at automatic responses and fixed action patterns of behavior; |
The classical conditioning experiment
|Tuesday|| Social Behavior: The Cost Benefit of Altruism and Kin Selection; |
Social Behavior: Agonistic, Dominant Hierarchies and Territoriality
| Advantages animals have when living in groups; |
Territorial behaviors in animals
|Wednesday|| Social Systems vs. Individual Fitness: The Queen / Worker Relationship; |
The Theory of Demographic Transition: Overview
| The altruism and biological fitness of animals; |
Four stages of demographic transition
|Thursday|| Carrying Capacity of a Population: Effect of Biomedical Progress; |
The Circadian Rhythm
| An exploration of what happens as the population increases; |
The internal rhythms and external cues of animals
|Friday|| How Animals Communicate: Chemical, Visual and Electrical Signals; |
Biological Influences on Human Behavior: Genetics and Environment
| The signals animals use to convey messages; |
The link between genetics and behavior
1. Innate Behavior: Reflexes, Kineses and Taxes
Innate behaviors are inherited and humans and other living organisms usually engage in them without thinking. Learn about innate behaviors, including reflexes, kineses, and taxes, to better understand the relationship between stimulus and innate behavior.
2. Learned Behavior: Imprinting, Habituation and Conditioning
Learned behaviors are those that are not innate, and are formed throughout our lifetime. Take a look at the different kinds of learned behavior: conditioning, habituation, insight, and imprinting.
3. Social Behavior: The Cost-Benefit of Altruism and Kin Selection
The four main types of social behavior within groups are altruism, selfishness, cooperation and spite. In this lesson, you'll learn about the costs and benefits of social groups, the social behavior of altruism, and how kin selection relates to altruism.
4. Social Behavior: Agonistic, Dominance Hierarchies, & Territoriality
Although animals do not use words, they can still interact and communicate with one another. Discover the patterns of interaction between animals, called social behavior, with aspects such as territoriality, agonistic behaviors, and dominance hierarchies.
5. Social Systems vs. Individual Fitness: The Queen/Worker Relationship
Social systems can improve organism's individual fitness and inclusive fitness. The relationship between the worker bees and the queen is very unique social system. Explore the intricate social system of hives in today's lesson.
6. The Theory of Demographic Transition: Overview
The theory of demographic transition describes the changes in mortality, fertility and growth rates within a society. Learn about common demographic terms, understanding population pyramids and the five stages of demographic transition.
7. Carrying Capacity of a Population: Effect of Biomedical Progress
Understand the effect of biomedical progress on the carrying capacity of a population. Learn to define carrying capacity and demography, and discover how the carrying capacity of a human population works in terms of biomedical progress.
8. The Circadian Rhythm
The circadian rhythm is the biological clock that determines when you wake and go to sleep. Learn more about its definition and importance, and come to know which glands house the body's internal clock.
9. How Animals Communicate: Chemical, Visual & Electrical Signals
Learn how animals communicate with chemical, visual, and electrical signals. Understand the importance of visual, auditory, chemical, and electric signals when it comes to effective communication amongst animals.
10. Biological Influences on Human Behavior: Genetics & Environment
Biological influences on human behavior examines how genetics & the environment affect overall behavior. Learn about human behaviors and the importance of twin studies in determining how genetics and environmental factors influence behavior.
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