In this Mystery, students discover why dogs’ expressions, like tail wagging, are so useful when living in a pack. In the activity, students observe other social animals and construct an explanation of how living in groups helps these animals survive.
Why do you think it might be helpful for dogs to communicate with each other (like wagging their tails or rolling on their backs)?
DISCUSS (1 of 2):
Which other kinds of animals can you think of that live in groups?
DISCUSS (2 of 2):
How might living in groups be helpful for animals?
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Dance Like a Bee: Bees live by the hundreds in hives, setting out each day in search of nectar. When a bee finds food, it heads back to the hive and tells the other bees all about it. How? By wiggling its body in patterns that tell the bees where to find the flowers.
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A crow on its own might make an easy meal for a big, strong bald eagle. But as you can see here, a group of crows (called a “murder” of crows) can work together to chase an eagle away. (1:23, TheLivingWilderness)
Most big birds are not built to fight in the air. Smaller birds that can fly faster and change direction more quickly can often avoid them. Big groups of small birds can be even more effective. See how sticking together helps this huge flock of birds escape a falcon on the hunt. (2:40, BBC)