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Lizard Kings
Learn the Science
UNDERSTAND ANIMAL BEHAVIORS AND SURVIVAL
The dinosaur did not survive mass extinction, but the monitor lizard did. See which traits and behaviors help these lizards, and a range of other animals, to survive.
Lizard Kings (Video)
Observe how the perentie monitor lizard behaves as a predator and scavenger. (Chapters 1-2, 20 min.)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/lessonideas/3616_lizard_video.html


Dogs and More Dogs (Multimedia)
Explore the resources on the site to understand the evolution of dogs, why there are over 400 diverse species, and how specific traits help them to survive in different regions of the world.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/dogs/


Night Creatures of the Kalahari (Lesson)
Explore the balance between predator and prey that keeps populations under control.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/2501_kalahari.html

Curriculum Connections
Animal behavior, animal survival, predator, prey, ecosystems, desert, the food chain

Standards
Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry; Life Science: Regulation and behavior, Populations and ecosystems, Diversity and adaptations of organisms, Biological evolution, The behavior of organisms; History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of science



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Night Creatures of the Kalahari (Viewing Ideas: Before Watching #1, After Watching #1)
Develop a list of survival strategies used by animals in the Kalahari and determine which are most important.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/viewing/2501_kalahari.html

Curriculum Connections
Animal behavior, animal survival, longitude, latitude, mapping, desert

Standards
Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry; Life Science: Regulation and behavior, Populations and ecosystems, Diversity and adaptations of organisms, Biological evolution, The behavior of organisms; History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of science



   

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