The primary goal of this lesson is to show students how a variety of factors affects our pet's behavior—including species-specific traits, the environment, training, and experience. This lesson will focus on pets, specifically cats, dogs, birds, and small mammals. Students should develop an understanding of how innate and learned behaviors and the environment determine behavior.
In this lesson, students will develop their understanding of animal behaviors and the interaction of innate abilities and learned behaviors. The Beagle Brigade is a team of beagles and their human handlers who inspect luggage at U.S. airports searching for agricultural products.
Although behavior among humans and other living organisms is something they are born with, it also is influenced by and inherited from, parents and ancestors. In addition, behavior is influenced by the environments in which organisms mature. Inherited traits and learning by experience together have the greatest influence on behavior. This lesson explores the differences and similarities between innate and learned behavior and skills among humans and monkeys.
The purpose of this lesson is to develop an understanding of the role both nature and nurture play in determining an individual’s traits. In this lesson, students begin to develop an understanding of the role played by nature (our genes) and nurture (the environment in which we live and the things that happen to us) in defining who we are and what it means to be human.