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Physics of Animal Behavior

Resources for K-12 Educators


CIPT TeachersMany educators use birds to teach about biology and environmental science, but did you realize that animal behavior is a great way to introduce physical science standards as well? Multimedia can be used to engage students' interest, illustrate general principles, or as a source of data for investigations.

Topics you can help your students explore using online resources include why and how animals make sound, underwater communication, pigments and structural coloration, the forces of flight, and migration.

Through a partnership between Cornell Lab scientists and educational service providers, we've developed curriculum modules for K-12 educators, and selected accompanying sound and video examples from the Macaulay Library.

To get started, choose a grade range below:


nsf-logoThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0532786. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.