Arizona Game and Fish Department: Focus Wild Arizona - Leashing the Rattlesnake

Lessons about science process skills and procedures often leave something out.

They do an excellent job teaching the nuts and bolts of science methods. However, they rarely show the creativity that is required to make the science become a reality.

This lesson reinforces the idea that scientists often have to think creatively and “outside the box” when carrying out their experiments.

Students will first watch a video of scientists in the field, tracking black-footed ferrets. Then, they will read a science article to study the issue in more detail.
Finally, they will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a wildlife-related career as they solve problems around animal handling.

The lesson is available as a downloadable PDF that includes ideas to extend and modify the lesson for different audiences.

Science Topics
Scientific Method, Zoology
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Middle School, High School, Educator
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
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