January 4, 2001


Learning Links: Pockets -- Facilitator Page

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Concept: Learners will play a game where they have to try to collect "food" as quickly as possible. They will compare how much food they can get when they can stuff food into an open pouch (pocket) as compared to one they must open and close (mouth).

Goals (Measurable): Learners will be able to explain why it is useful for an animal to have external pockets to collect food.

Objectives (Not measurable): Learners will enjoy the process of playing a game with others. They will see how speed is essential to the survival of some species.

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(Note that these are only some of the possible standards one could cover with this activity. Depending on how each person uses the activity, it may be used to support different standards.)

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