Studying living organisms in biology and life science is a “natural” way to engage students and
nurture their interest in biology. Keeping live animals requires thoughtful consideration of learning
goals, school policies, and potential dangers.
Thousands of animal species use toxic chemicals to defend themselves from predators. Snakes have blood clotting compounds in their fangs, the bombardier beetle has corrosive liquid in its abdomen and jellyfish have venomous, harpoon-like structures in their tentacles. But how do these animals survive their own poisons? Continue reading
You may take them for granted, but your teeth are a marvel. They break up all your food over the course of your life, while being strong enough to withstand breakage themselves. How do they do it? Continue reading
Body regeneration is not confined to Doctor Who or fictional worlds, it is actually present in animals that preserve their embryonic stem cells. Continue reading
How can studying an animal help people build a proper habitat for it?
Learning goal: To understand that animals have distinct characteristics. Animals have needs that must be met in order to survive. Animals adapt to their environment.
by Jeff Finn
This resource is part of the STAO Connex inquiry and innovative practices collection.
In this activity, students will understand the basic needs and characteristics of plants, animals and humans. They will discover that we all need food, water, shelter and space. Continue reading