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).
Lesson 1 (or “Day 1”) Material
Lesson 2 (or “Day 2”) Material
- Day 2 Instructor Presentation
- Day 2 Student Handout
- Day 2 Rubric
- Read Biology 33 – Ethology
- Read Biology 33 – Behavior
- Read Biology Textbook – pages 766-787
Lesson 3 (or “Day 3”) Material
Lesson 4 (or “Day 4”) Material
3:57 Why we study animal behavior
3:22 Innate Behaviour | Biology for All | FuseSchool
9:52 Animal Behavior
Compare Contrast and Debate
Resources Documents and Links
- Digital Assets from cK-12.org (07.10.Animal-Behaviors)
Special Notes and Notices
- 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