1. Topic-
Crayfish at Home
 
2. Content-
Animal Behaviors
Animal Habitats
 
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Students will understand that the things animals do are behaviors
2.Students will understand the places animals live are territories.
 
4. Objectives-
1. Through observation and interaction with the crayfish, students will complete a behavior log.
2. Through observation and discussion, students will show an understanding of animal territory.
 
5. Materials and Aids-
Basins
Crayfish
Crayfish houses
Aged water
Student Sheets- Crayfish Behavior
Bus trays
Gravel
Duct tape
Colored yarn
Adhesive dots
Permanent marker
Paper towels
Pitcher
 
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Discuss what students have been observing with the crayfish. How do they act around people? When they are alone? Lead discussion into the definition of animal behaviors.
2. Explain the animal behavior sheet and allow students time to observe and record their findings.
 

B. Development-

Discuss students findings. Ask. "What do you think would happen if we changed their environment and gave them little houses?"
 

C. Practice-

1. Demonstrate to students how to mark the crayfish by using tape, yard, and permanent marker. Make sure the carapace of the crayfish is completely dry before marking them. Explain to the students that they can name the crayfish that are easy to identify, but otherwise they must be marked first.
2. Explain how the new crayfish habitats will be set up using tape to secure them in place. Model using the crayfish habitat sheet.
 

D. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Adam will be allowed to observe and his para will assist him with recording.
2.Students who are on behavior plans will be allowed to participate only if they are remaining on task. These students will be used to help get supplies to avoid disruptions.
 

Checking for understanding-

Have students complete and label day 1 of the crayfish habitat sheet
 

Closure-

Conduct a class discussion on predictions of crayfish behavior with the new territory.
 

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