Animal Instinct Video Writing Prompts

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K-2:  Zoo Animals

What is your favorite animal to visit at the zoo? Draw a picture of that animal. Beneath your drawing, write down what kind of animal it is AND its name.

3-5:  Observing Animals

What animals have you been able to observe up close? Take a few minutes to think about how those animals behave.

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Identify the animal you’ve observed and at least three things that animal does that set it apart from other animals. How do these behaviors help the animal survive?

6-12: Inventions Based on Animal’s Abilities

Many man-made inventions are a result of people studying how different animals live. For instance, scientists study birds when designing airplanes. Sonar technology mimics how bats use sound waves to navigate instead of sight.

Imagine that you are one of the scientists. You’ve been tasked to invent something useful for humans based on the abilities, instincts or behavior of an animal.

To start, choose an animal to study.

Then, brainstorm the different traits and abilities associated with this animal.

Finally, describe at least one possible invention/man-made creation that could be made based on one of those animal’s abilities. Your description should be at least one paragraph.

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