Why Do Male Crickets Feed Females During Courtship?

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This exercise uses data to test a hypothesis about why male crickets provide females with gifts of food during mating. It also includes a link to the original presentation given by the researcher who performed this experiment!


This resource is from DataNuggets, a fantastic series of lesson plans that are based on real-world research! Each Data Nugget comes with three student versions, based on the type of graphing skills required. Type A activities provide the graph for the students (allowing a focus on graph interpretation, making claims based on evidence, and explaining reasoning), Type B activities provide axis labels but require students to graph the data, and Type C provides an unlabeled grid on which to draw a graph. A rubric is also included.  For this particular lesson, you also receive a link to the actual research paper, as well as two popular science articles for supplemental reading.

This resource is recommended for high school or college students!

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  1. LessonHiveAdmin

    Data Nuggets are free classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers, designed to bring contemporary research and authentic data into the classroom. Data Nuggets include a connection to the scientist behind the data and the true story of their research. Each activity gives students practice working with “messy data” and interpreting quantitative information. Students are guided through the entire process of science, including identifying hypotheses and predictions, visualizing and interpreting data, making evidence based claims, and asking their own questions for future research. We strongly recommend them!

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