Completing the Research Notebook for AP Biology Lab #11.....Animal Behavior
Resource: Lab Eleven, Animal Behavior
Page 125 in the AP Biology Lab Manual
Part 1: Title
Develop a title in the form of a question after completing the pre-lab.
Part 2: Objectives (What are the objectives for this laboratory?)
Part 3: Pre-lab Questions
a. Define ethology and differentiate “learned” and “innate” behavior.
b. Differentiate “taxis” and “kinesis”. Use examples. (DO NOT COPY FROM LAB GUIDE. USE
YOUR OWN WORDS).
c. After reading the lab guide, explain what you think is meant by “the distribution of organisms in a
resource gradient”. (Use the web to search if necessary)
Part 4. Methods:
Pillbugs will be observed for 10 minutes and notes will be made on their appearance,
movements and interactions. A detailed sketch of a pillbug will be made.
Kinesis in Pillbugs: A choice chamber will be set up with one side moist and the other side dry.
Ten pillbugs will be observed in the choice chamber for 10 minutes and data will be recorded.
Student Designed Experiment: See page 131 # 1-4
A variable will be selected based on available materials
(temperature, pH, light, background color, surface texture). A controlled experiment will be
written to study the effects of the selected variable on animal behavior.
Part 5: Data
Table 11.1 is a table that will be used in this activity.
(At this point, you will be ready to perform the laboratory. After the lab, we will discuss how to
complete the following parts)
Part 6: Questions
Page 126 #2, 3
Page 129 #1-5
Part 7: Graph
See page 129 for graphing information.
Part 8: Theme Correlation
Explain how this study exemplifies the inquiry process (science as a process).
Part 9: Conclusion
Analyze your data in all of the experiments using isopods. Discuss their movements as “kinesis” or