Behaviour

Guided sessions for school classes 7-8

Classification in the animal kingdom

Vertebrates – closely related and yet very different

50,000 species of vertebrates live on Earth. How and according to what are fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals classified? Based on their own observations and research, and using a work sheet, the pupils work out the essential differences between the five classes of vertebrates.

Please bring with you:
writing pad and pen

Note:
our class also takes place outdoors – please ensure suitable clothing

Meeting point:
Schloss entrance

Electives:

  • Vertebrates – typical vertebrates, classifying similarities and differences

Project work:
pupils evaluate real subjects and images and present biological content and investigation results


Predators – who has the overview?

According to what criteria are animals classified? According to their habitats or how they look? Children have their very own criteria when classifying living creatures and must first gradually arrive at their own biological systematic conclusions. In this lesson, we colourfully introduce the students to the basic concepts of a system using the example of predators.

Please bring with you:
writing pad and pen

Note:
our class also takes place outdoors – please ensure suitable clothing

Meeting point:
Bärenschaufenster entrance

Electives:

  • Vertebrates – typical vertebrates, classifying similarities and differences

Project work:
pupils evaluate real subjects and images and present biological content and investigation results


Behaviour

Behaviour of animals – all inherent?

After an introduction into the ethology, the pupils receive observation tasks on the typical characteristics of the animal species or kinship group. Then we get to the observation and evaluation of the behaviour. Depending on how the lesson should be oriented and the prior consultation, individual behavioural elements, such as the function of an elephant's trunk or the more complex structures of, for example, macaque monkeys are observed. The courtship and mating habits of animals can also be observed and evaluated, subject to seasonal influences.

Please bring with you:
writing pad and pen

Note:
our class also takes place outdoors – please ensure suitable clothing

Meeting point:
Bärenschaufenster entrance

Electives:

  • Behaviour of the animals, behavioural observations in living animals