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Too Hot? Too Cold? Just Right!

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will simulate the effect of environmental temperature on the metabolisms of both endothermic and ectothermic animals.

Objectives

  • Students will simulate environmental temperature changes and observe the effect of temperature change on the metabolic rates of two different animals.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the effect of environmental temperatures on endotherms and ectotherms.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the relationship between environmental temperature and animal metabolism.

Vocabulary

  • circadian rhythms
  • ectotherm
  • endotherm
  • hibernate
  • homeostasis
  • insulation

About the Lesson

This lesson involves students using TI-Nspire technology simulate the effect of environmental temperature on the metabolisms of both endothermic and ectothermic animals.
As a result, students will:

  • Differentiate between endothermic and ectothermic animals.
  • Develop an understanding of the physiological needs of endothermic and ectothermic animals.

This activity was created using Lua. Learn more about Lua in TI-Nspire here.