Animal Instinct Video Writing Prompts

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

K-2:  Zoo Animals

What is your favorite animal to visit at the zoo? Draw a picture of that animal. Beneath your drawing, write down what kind of animal it is AND its name.

3-5:  Observing Animals

What animals have you been able to observe up close? Take a few minutes to think about how those animals behave.

Related Articles
Literature circle teaching strategies can have a positive impact on students’ attitudes towards reading, as well their reading abilities.
Literature circle teaching strategies can have a positive impact on students’...
Classroom activities: Yoga is an increasingly popular way to improve learning.
Classroom activities: Yoga is an increasingly popular way to improve learning.
We offer up some new classroom activities for Groundhog Day, and a few twists on some old ones.
We offer up some new classroom activities for Groundhog Day, and a few twists...
Our look at the cutting-edge technology in the classroom concept known as augmented reality.
Our look at the cutting-edge technology in the classroom concept known as...
We look at some first-thing classroom activities trending in today’s schools.
We look at some first-thing classroom activities trending in today’s schools.

Identify the animal you’ve observed and at least three things that animal does that set it apart from other animals. How do these behaviors help the animal survive?

6-12: Inventions Based on Animal’s Abilities

Many man-made inventions are a result of people studying how different animals live. For instance, scientists study birds when designing airplanes. Sonar technology mimics how bats use sound waves to navigate instead of sight.

Imagine that you are one of the scientists. You’ve been tasked to invent something useful for humans based on the abilities, instincts or behavior of an animal.

To start, choose an animal to study.

Then, brainstorm the different traits and abilities associated with this animal.

Finally, describe at least one possible invention/man-made creation that could be made based on one of those animal’s abilities. Your description should be at least one paragraph.

Can't see the video? Try it here!

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"3527","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]