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Extension Activity

Behavior and Survival

Survival in a Box

Behavior Survival

You have already learned about how behaviors help animals survive. Animals may form groups for protection from hunters. Other animals form groups to hunt. Animals may migrate or hibernate. They may dig shelters or build them. Now you can explore how a particular animal behaves to survive. Follow these steps.

1) Choose one of your favorite wild animals. It might be an animal where you live, such as a squirrel or an armadillo. It might be an animal that lives in another part of the world or in the depths of the ocean. It can be an amphibian, a bird, a fish, a mammal, or a reptile.

2) Use the World Book Web, as well as other classroom and/or library resources, to find out how your animal behaves in ways that help it survive:

  • Does it live or hunt in a group? If so, what is the animal's group called?
  • What does it do if it is in danger?
  • Does behavior help it survive the winter?
  • Is it active during the day or at night?
  • Does it migrate? If so, when, where, and why?
  • What kind of shelter does it use?

3) Make a diorama that shows your animal behaving in a way that helps it survive. You might make a clay model of the animal, use a toy replica, or download a picture and tape it to a block so that it stays upright. Add or draw plants, rocks, and other parts of your animal's surroundings.

4) Make a sign that names your animal and explains how it behaves in order to survive. Place the sign next to your exhibit.