Animal Behavior

In this activity, the student will create and use a data collection tool to better understand animal behavior.

By completing this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Record observations into a notebook.
  • Develop and use an ethogram.
  • Analyze why an animal may exhibit certain behaviors more than others.

More About this Lesson Plan

Wildlife Science @ Home is a collection of wildlife-related science experiments that can be carried out at home (or anywhere) using common household materials. The activities are appropriate for students of all ages. They address Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts that can be applied across all grade levels. However, content for individual activities will better address standards at specific grade levels.

In this activity, the student will create and use an ethogram to better understand animal behavior. An ethogram is a data collection tool that allows a scientist to record the frequency or times that an animal or a group of animals is doing certain actions.


  • Eric Proctor, Wildlife Education Coordinator,
    Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)

Standards Correlation

This lesson has been correlated to the following Arizona Department of Education academic standards:

  • Kindergarten

    1. K.L1U1.6
  • 1st Grade

    1. 1.L2U1.8
  • 3rd Grade

    1. 3.L2U1.6

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