Biology 33

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Animal Behaviors

Topic (33) Evaluate evidence about species behavior influencing species chance of survival. (HS-LS2-8)

The term instinct is commonly thought of as describing behavior that is pre-programmed and requires no thought. An instinctive response happens automatically and is the same across all individuals of a species. While this seems like a clearly defined category, not all behavior is so cut and dry. Many behaviors have both genetically pre-programmed and learned aspects.

The degree to which certain behaviors, especially in humans, are pre-determined is often a subject of intense debate. Whether the behavioral response to a given stimulus is learned, genetic, or both is the subject of study in the field of behavioral genetics. (source).


Day 1 – Introduction
Day 2 – Virtual Textbook
  • Topic 33 – List of Human Behaviors (1 pg pdf)

3:57 Why we study animal behavior

3:22 Innate Behaviour | Biology for All | FuseSchool

9:52 Animal Behavior


Instructor Resources

Standard Daily Material
  • Day 1 – Standard material – introduction day
  • Day 2 – Standard material – reading day
  • Day 3 – Standard material – make a presentation
  • Day 4 – Standard material – give a presentation
  • Extra! – Enrichment and remediation options
Other Topic Specific Resources

Special Notes and Notices

Instructor Emphasis:

  • Science & Engineering Practice: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Cause and Effect: Mechanisms and explanations.

Emphasize HS-LS2-8  Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce

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