lab, designed for use in middle school or high school biology
and life science classes, enables students to design and
carry out a simple experiment related to animal behavior
within a single class period. Students use inquiry skills
to observe isopod behavior and then develop and test hypotheses
based on their observations.
was piloted in 2004 with an AP Biology class at Geneva High
School in Geneva, NY, and with a 7th grade accelerated science
class at Seneca Falls Middle School in Seneca Falls, NY.
Both classes performed the lab in one 40-55 minute period
and found it to be a fun and interesting introduction to
animal behavior. Tips in the Teacher's Guide resulted from
these pilot lessons.