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Animals Through Time    Mystery 4

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In this Mystery, students learn how people create new breeds of animals by mating (selecting) individuals with desirable traits.

What kinds of animals might there be in the future?

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Discuss: Suppose you want to get bluer iguanas. Which iguana should you pick to have babies with your iguana? Iguana

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Discuss: Now that you know how the first small dog breed was created, how do you think we created big dogs, like the Great Dane? GreatDane

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Discuss: How do you think life was different for people before they discovered selection and created all these different breeds of animals (dairy cows, muscular cows, chickens that lay big eggs)?

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Discuss: What’s an animal or trait you might like to see in the future? If you want to know what we'd like to see, click "Reveal Answer" below.

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Activity Prep

Each student will need:

Activity Summary

In this visual activity, students are shown two adult dogs and three puppies. Working in pairs, students will identify the puppy that belongs to these two dogs. To do this, they study the physical traits of the dogs and look for the puppy that shares these traits. Then they mark their choice on the Designer Dogs worksheet, and come up with a name for this mixture of two dog breeds.

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Designer Dogs Question #1 of 4:

cockerspaniel-poodlequestion

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Designer Dogs Question #2 of 4:

pug-beaglequestion

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Designer Dogs Question #3 of 4:

germanshepherd-lab-question

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Designer Dogs Question #4 of 4:

schnauzer-Pom-question

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Designer Dogs Answer #1 of 4:

cockerspaniel-poodleanswer

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Designer Dogs Answer #2 of 4:

pug-beagleanswer

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Designer Dogs Answer #3 of 4:

germanshepherd-lab-answer

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Designer Dogs Answer #4 of 4:
schnauzer-Pom-answer

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Beginning Complete!

You've completed the Exploration & Activity!

If you have more time, view the assessment, reading and extension activity in the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & Exploration which you just completed.
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Exploration
cat by Joseph Morris , used under CC BY-ND
dog by Katherine , used under CC BY
goat by ceridwen , used under CC BY-SA
mammoth by WolfmanSF , used under CC BY-SA
yawning fox by Peter Trimming , used under CC BY
hippo-fish by Takeshi Kitano's
rooster by David Goehring , used under CC BY
Blood Hound by Sally Wehner , used under CC BY
Bull Dog by sabianmaggy , used under CC BY
Chihuahua by Kevin , used under CC BY
small white dog by tiarescott , used under CC BY
rooster skeleton by Chickenosaurus 12
black bull by Jaap Rouwenhorst , used under CC BY-SA
dairy cow by Keith Weller/USDA
iguana by Pete Markham , used under CC BY-SA
iguana up close by Cyborg , used under CC BY
cat by Magnus Bråth , used under CC BY
horse by Paul VanDerWerf , used under CC BY
pig by Brent Moore , used under CC BY
Chow Chow by Prayitno , used under CC BY
poodle by chuck_heston , used under CC BY-SA
Chinese Emperor by Royal Academy of Arts
small dog by Helmuts R , used under CC BY-SA
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