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19 reviewed resources for human behavior and instincts

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Animal Instincts

For Teachers K - 5th
Pupils compare animal adaptations to human behavior. In this science lesson, students discuss animal instincts vs. learned behavior. Options for student writing, drawing and research are incorporated into this lesson plan
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Inside the Minds of Animals

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Is it instinct and intelligence that divide animals from humans? What are they really thinking, and how do we define that? Check out this great video that discusses everything from Descartes' thoughts on the topic and Darwinian evolution...
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Instinct vs. Learned Behavior

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders engage in a discussion about learned vs. instinctive behaviors. They list of behaviors on the board with the help of Students. They go back through the list and use two symbols, one for instinctive and one for learned.
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Why Do Cats Act so Weird?

For Students 4th - 12th
Here, kitty kitty! Ever wonder why cats like to hide in unusual places, or why they purr? Watch a video that explains why cats act so strange!
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Why Do You Love Your Family?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Is that warm, fuzzy family feeling a product of evolution? Explore altruism through a video from an engaging science series. The narrator discusses parental instincts, evolutionary fitness, and an organism's drive to ensure it passes its...
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How Cats Became our Feline Overlords (ft. It's Okay To Be Smart)

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The world's population of cats would wrap around the earth six times! Follow the evolution of the cat that began 11 million years ago and discover how their dominance came to be through a quick video lesson. 
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We Are Built to Be Kind

For Students 7th - 12th
"Are we meant to take more than we give, or are we meant to be kind?" UC professor Dacher Keltner believes he has figured out what it's all about and shares the results of scientific studies of the brain in this short video.
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What is Evolution?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A short video offers a simple, yet engaging, explanation of the theory of evolution using amoebas as an example. The narrator uses the example of the evolution of dog breeds as an example of how humans can influence the course of change.
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The Difference Between Classical and Operant Conditioning

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Learn about the difference between two central concepts in behavioral psychology: classical and operant conditioning. Viewers are presented with images and clear narration explaining the two processes that result in learning, and...
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Noting Facts and Analyzing Results

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Explore psychology by completing worksheets and study questions. Young writers read sentences and paragraphs, analyzing selected vocabulary terms as they read along. They complete vocabulary matching worksheets as well as reading...
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Pets: Oh Behave

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers develop an understanding of how innate and learned behaviors and the environment determine behavior.
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Animal Adaptations

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students create a story based on a picture of a pet and its owner.  In this animal adaptation lesson, students discuss their responses to the picture they have been given, in small groups.  Students discuss their ideas about animal...
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Everything You Know Is Wrong 1: Us and Them

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore rational, irrational, analytical and non-analytical methods of reasoning. They participate in numerous exercises and hands-on activities to understand assumptions and how most people think. Students establish the...
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Rousseau's ideas about natural and general rule, representative and direct democracy, and the role of government are the focus of this informational packet that also looks at how these ideas influenced the American form of government.
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Bird Brained?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars identify general abilities that indicate animal cognitive intelligence. In this biology lesson, students create an intelligence testing challenge for ravens. They compare its ability to that of a crow.
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Wildlife Track Identification

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Even though the PowerPoint slides for this lesson are not included, you may find it useful for the wildlife track preservation instructions provided. After demonstrating the steps for making track casts, take your class outdoors to make...
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Chapter 5: Socializing the Individual

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this socializing the individual worksheet, students respond to 6 multiple choice questions and 14 fill in the blank questions pertaining to how one learns to live within their culture.
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The Hidden Cost of Heroism - Part II

For Students 8th - 12th
In this article analysis worksheet, learners read an article titled "The Hidden Cost of Heroism - Part II," take notes on the article, define 2 words from the article, and write summaries of the article.
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Life's Lessons: Survival of the Fittest

For Teachers 8th
Students analyze Jack London's use of anthropomorphism to identify the importance of adaptability in life. In this literature lesson, students use the novel The Call of the Wild to identify key elements in survival. Students complete...