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Biology: Watch the Birdie Breathe

by Texas Instruments - Simulation Lesson


  • Students will analyze a mathematical model for the graphical representation of a data set.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the relationship between environmental temperature and animal metabolism.


  • dependent variable
  • ectotherm
  • endotherm
  • independent variable

About the Lesson

This lesson involves students using TI-Nspire technology to analyze a graph of data representing the relationship between the environmental temperature and the resulting metabolism of an endothermic animal.
As a result, students will:

  • Draw conclusions about how temperature affects metabolism.
  • Compare the temperature effects on both endothermic and ectothermic animals.