Unit I: Introduction to Biology and Animal Behavior

Chapters 1 and 34



The student should be able to:

  1. Define behavior
  2. List some stimuli that cause a behavior in animals
  3. Describe some examples of behavior that help animals in survival
  4. Define innate behavior
  5. Explain the “fight or flight” response
  6. Explain instinct and list some examples in animals
  7. Explain the purposes of courtship behaviors
  8. Describe the instinctive behavior of the graylag goose and its eggs
  9. Give an example of instinctive behavior in stickleback fish
  10. Describe the purpose of territorial behavior in animals
  11. Identify at least three examples of aggression behavior
  12. Describe the purpose of dominance hierarchy behaviors
  13. Explain circadian rhythm
  14. Describe some external cues that aid in migration behavior
  15. List some examples of migrating animals
  16. Compare and contrast estivation and hibernation
  17. Identify four types of learned behaviors
  18. Describe several resasons learned behaviors benefit animals
  19. Explain the process of habituation
  20. Explain the advantages of imprinting
  21. Identify an example of “trial and error” learning
  22. Compare operant conditioning with classical conditioning
  23. Explain insight and give an example of this in animals
  24. Describe the functions of communication in animals
  25. Identify and explain the contributions to the study of animal behavior by the following scientists:
    1. Konrad Lorenz
    2. B.F. Skinner
    3. Ivan Pavlov
    4. Karl von Frisch

Activities (Weeks 1-3):

Aug 16: Class policies, Introduction to Biology Pre-AP

Aug 17: Discuss Lab Safety rules, Laboratory techniques, and Lab equipment

Aug 18: Quiz: Lab Safety and Techniques; Study Skills Discussion

Aug 21: Termite Lab

Aug 22: Lecture: Scientific Method, Theory & Law, Characteristics of Living Things; Lab Safety Quiz V. 2

Aug 23: Lecture: Elements of Behavior: Stimulus & Response, Innate Behavior

Aug 24: Lecture: Elements of Behavior: Learned Behavior

Aug 25: Lecture: Patterns of Behavior: Behavioral Cycles, Courtship

Aug 28: Lecture: Patterns of Behavior: Competition & Aggression, Communication

Aug 29: Isopod Lab

Aug 30: Discuss lab report format

Aug 31: Review Unit I

Sept 1: Unit I Exam



Aug 17: Read handouts

Aug 18: Go to the website below and explore its tips on studying successfully for a biology class.

How to Study Biology

Aug 21: Ch. 1 Study Guide

Aug 22: Read Chapter 34, Elements of Behavior

Aug 24: Read Chapter 34, Patterns of Behavior

Aug 30: Ch. 34 Study Guide

Aug 31: Final Review for Unit I Exam

Sept 1: Isopod Lab Report


Lecture Materials:

Unit I Exam Review Guide

Ch. 1 Summary p 33

Ch. 1 Summary p 34

Ch. 1 Vocabulary p 35

Ch. 1_Worksheet p_179

Ch. 1 Worksheet p 180

Ch. 1 Worksheet p 181

Ch. 1 Worksheet p 182

Ch. 1 Worksheet p 183

Ch. 1 Worksheet p 184

Ch. 1 Worksheet p 185

Ch. 1 Worksheet p 186

Ch. 1 Worksheet p 187

Ch. 1 Worksheet p 188

Ch. 34 Summary p 132

Ch. 34 Summary p 133

Ch. 34 Summary p 134

Ch. 34 Worksheet p 506

Ch. 34 Worksheet p 507

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Ch. 34 Worksheet p 510

Ch. 34 Worksheet p 511