The Surprising Reasons Animals Play Dead

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Many animals have methods of surviving. But did you know that opossums are not the only animals known for "playing opossum"? Watch a video that explains the unique survival techniques and behaviors of animals, including tonic immobility and clipnosis.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use to support a study of animal adaptations and survival methods
  • Have pupils compare and contrast the tonic immobility of one land animal and one sea animal in a Venn diagram
Classroom Considerations

  • Best suited for mature audiences; preview the video to determine whether it's appropriate for your students

  • The cartoons in the video support the explanation of the topic under study
  • Provides additional links for research, discussion prompts, and a quiz

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