Acting Out

Artistic Dialogue and Animal Behavior
Meets the learning standards for grades 4-5 (can be adapted)
Media Type: Engaging with Art
Subject Integration: Fine Arts, English Language Arts and Reading, Science
Formal Lesson Plan and TEKS Information

What do you know about  Prairie Dogs? Let’s watch this video before we get started:

Activity 1:

In the scientific article “Cognition and Communication in Prairie Dogs” The prairie dog specialist C.N. Slobodchikoff wrote this about the advanced communication within a colony:

“The alarm call system has proven to be a Rosetta Stone for deciphering the information encoded in prairie dog vocalizations. When a prairie dog detects a predator, he or she emits a call that alerts other prairie dogs to the presence of danger.”

Slobodchikoff provided fascinating flow charts illustrating the communication of various threats and the resulting action plans. (You can read the full article here.)

Activity 2:


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