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Ch 34: Animal Behavior: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Animal Behavior unit of this High School Biology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about types and characteristics of animal behavior. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Biology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about types and characteristics of animal behavior. There is no faster or easier way to learn about animal behavior. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn animal behavior; innate, social, and learned behavior; animal communication; and biological influence on human behavior.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a biology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an animal behavior unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Animal Behavior Unit Objectives:

  • Define innate behavior, such as reflexes, kineses, and taxis.
  • Explore learned behavior, such as imprinting, habituation, and conditioning.
  • Explain social behavior through the lens of cost-benefit altruism and kin selection.
  • Learn about social behavior topics, such as agonistic, dominance hierarchies, and territoriality.
  • Discuss social systems versus individual fitness.
  • Explain the theory of demographic transition.
  • Examine the effect of biomedical progress on the carrying capacity of a population.
  • Offer details about circadian rhythm.
  • Describe the chemical, visual, and electrical signals that animals use for communication.
  • Look at biological influences (like genetics and the environment) on human behavior.
  • Outline environmental factors that affect animal behavior, such as greenhouse effect, ozone depletion, acid rain, desertification, deforestation, pollution, and reduction in biodiversity.

10 Lessons in Chapter 34: Animal Behavior: Homeschool Curriculum
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Innate Behavior: Reflexes, Kineses and Taxes

1. Innate Behavior: Reflexes, Kineses and Taxes

When there is a loud sound, you quickly jump without thinking. This is because this reflex is an innate, or inherited, behavior. In this lesson, we will look at reflexes as well as several other types of innate behaviors.

Learned Behavior: Imprinting, Habituation and Conditioning

2. Learned Behavior: Imprinting, Habituation and Conditioning

Ever wonder why it is easier to train your dog when you give him a treat every time he does something correct? In this lesson we will take a look at conditioning as well as several other forms of learned behavior.

Social Behavior: The Cost-Benefit of Altruism and Kin Selection

3. Social Behavior: The Cost-Benefit of Altruism and Kin Selection

Ever wonder why people are more likely to help their relatives than complete strangers? Social behavior can help explain this and other actions. Let's look at the cost of certain behaviors.

Social Behavior: Agonistic, Dominance Hierarchies, & Territoriality

4. Social Behavior: Agonistic, Dominance Hierarchies, & Territoriality

Instead of using words, animals communicate with each other through social behaviors. These actions between individuals may be used to establish rank, defend home and breeding sites, and compete for resources.

Social Systems vs. Individual Fitness: The Queen/Worker Relationship

5. Social Systems vs. Individual Fitness: The Queen/Worker Relationship

The queen bee rules her hive while others take care of her needs. This form of behavior may seem odd, but it can be explained by looking into social systems and fitness.

The Theory of Demographic Transition: Overview

6. The Theory of Demographic Transition: Overview

Populations change over time. The growth or decline of a population can have an effect on the quality of life for people within that population. In this lesson, you'll learn about the theory of demographic transition, which is a model used to study and predict population changes.

Carrying Capacity of a Population: Effect of Biomedical Progress

7. Carrying Capacity of a Population: Effect of Biomedical Progress

The human population continues to grow. There are several things that contribute to this growth, including biomedical progress. In this lesson, we will look at some examples as well as what may happen if this growth continues.

The Circadian Rhythm

8. 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.

How Animals Communicate: Chemical, Visual & Electrical Signals

9. 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.

Biological Influences on Human Behavior: Genetics & Environment

10. Biological Influences on Human Behavior: Genetics & Environment

Humans are a product of both our genetic makeup and our environmental surroundings. Does one influence our behavior more than the other? It can be difficult to tell, but there are ways that scientists can better understand why we do the things we do.

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