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Lizard Kings
Learn the Science
EXAMINE ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE
Lizards are surprisingly versatile and intelligent. Help students learn how monitor lizards, and other animals like walruses, ravens, apes, and cuttlefish use their intelligence to adapt to all kinds of environments.
Lizard Kings (Video)
Watch scientists test the intelligence of monitor lizards in a lab. (Chapter 5, 7:32 min)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/lessonideas/3616_lizard_video.html


Smart Sea Lions and Talking Walruses (Multimedia)
Discover how marine mammals are impressing scientists with their smarts.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/0404/03.html


Ape Genius (Video Extras)
Watch these videos as researchers conduct experiments to test the intelligence of chimps and bonobos.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/apegenius/extras.html


Ape Genius (Lesson)
Explore similarities and differences in intelligence between apes and humans.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/3504_apegeniu.html

Curriculum Connections
Animal intelligence, animal behavior, scientific experimentation and observation, apes, evolution

Standards
Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry; Life Science: Regulation and behavior, 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
Kings of Camouflage (After Watching: Viewing Idea #3)
Devise a test to measure the intelligence of a cuttlefish.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/viewing/3404_camo.html

Curriculum Connections
Animal intelligence, animal behavior, scientific process

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



   

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