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and Class Activities
of the thirteen activities listed below are projects that
are suitable for individual students, groups within a class,
and for whole class participation. All of the activities
are designed to be modified by each teacher using them to
best suite the needs and abilities of the students within
his or her class.
A number of species in the film are 'egg layers', but after
the clutches are laid parenting strategies differ radically.
Red tailed Hawks lay just a few
eggs and "are hands on" (or wings on) parents. In crocodile families,
fathers have no direct parenting role but the mother guards the eggs and young
hatchlings. Gopher tortoises take no part in the lives of their young after
the eggs are laid.
students pick two species of egg laying animals, either those
covered in the film or other species of their own choosing
(this could include insects, amphibians, fish or even egg laying
mammals called monotremes), and research their behavior in
printed sources and/or on the web. After researching the parenting
strategies of the animals they have chosen students should
compare their parenting strategies. This can be done in a standard
report format but can be accomplished more creatively by students
imaging themselves in the role of a parent. Taking on the parts
of parents, they can either write a play wherein representatives
of each species argue the relative merits of their child rearing
practices, or keep "diaries" wherein the fictional
parents record the period of offspring raising, from egg laying
to the offspring becoming independent. An important element
that these creative efforts should show is a clear understanding
of methods that the species use to successfully (or unsuccessfully)
raise the next generation.
the class has completed their egg laying research groups can
discuss and speculate about why individual species may have
evolved the method they use. What are the advantages of the
hands on parenting practiced by Red tailed Hawks? What are
the benefits of the multiplicity of eggs laid by gopher tortoises?
understanding of various parenting strategies in nature,
developing research skills, contrasting related qualities
and behaviors in nature
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