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1 March 2016 Do You See What I See? Using Ethograms to Observe Animal Behavior
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The process of exploration and the methods that scientists use to conduct research are fundamental to science education. In this activity, authentic scientific practices are used to develop hypotheses to explain the natural world. Students observe grass shrimp in aquaria and construct an ethogram, which is a compilation of the observable behaviors an animal exhibits. They then conduct an experiment, just as real scientists would, to determine how changes in the environment alter shrimp behavior. This activity is designed for a fourth-grade science class and allows students to experience the excitement of observing a live organism while learning about scientific inquiry, and also reinforces quantification and graphing skills. “Do You See What I See” covers Next Generation Science Standards and addresses the science and engineering practices of engaging in argument from evidence.

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Mary Carla Curran, Amber Siler, and Michele B. Sherman "Do You See What I See? Using Ethograms to Observe Animal Behavior," The American Biology Teacher 78(3), (1 March 2016). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2016.78.3.226
Published: 1 March 2016
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