The Naked Mole-Rat

The naked mole rat is truly unique! So unique, it was recently placed in its own family. What makes it so special? Discover its amazing story with a video from an exciting mammals playlist. A naked mole rat expert explains its insect-like social behaviors, its unusual family structure, and its natural cancer-fighting properties.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • The resource can provide great support for a fossil records lesson
  • Have pupils compare the social behaviors of the naked mole rat to those of the honey bee or ant
Classroom Considerations
  • Make sure learners understand the concept of thermoregulation before using the video
Pros
  • The video features naked mole rats in their day-to-day lives, making it great for a case study
  • Specimens from other mole rat species are included so viewers can compare and contrast
Cons
  • None
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