Why do Animals Form Swarms?

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Swarms contain no leader, yet often act with an intelligence higher than any individual member. Birds, insects, and fish all commonly swarm for a variety of reasons. Scholars learn about swarming behavior in a short video before answering eight questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have scholars save their answers to the open-ended questions and discuss in class
  • Share the use of swarming drones in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics
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Pros
  • Offers many links to related topics
  • Provides the opportunity to customize the lesson content easily
  • Short duration helps maintain viewer attention
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  • None