March of the Penguins (2005)

Concept featured in clip:Animal Behavior
Location of clip: DVD: (Anywhere during the film)

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Summary of clip: This movie portrays the natural instincts of emperor penguins to find a mate after a journey of up to 70 miles on Antarctica to meet a mate. The penguins endure harsh weather conditions and hunger in order to keep the egg incubated with warmth and to raise the offspring to be independent and carry on the life cycle.

Connection of flickclip to the concept:The animal behavior displayed by the penguins show emotion (love and caring, sadness, concern, anger, jealousy). The penguins interact with one another to raise a child and work together as a community in order to help the others survive and stay warm. The harsh conditions that the penguins are subjected to, show their desire and dedication to their race and mate to raise a child.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. What animal behaviors did you notice about the penguins that reflect human traits?

b. List the characteristics seen of the biome that the penguins live. What special adaptations have they made in order to survive?

c. How is it that the penguins know exactly where to go to breed and when to meet up?

2. For a potential learning cycle Explore, students can become acquainted with species adaptations and defense mechanisms by laboratory stations. Each station could explain a different form of an adaptation that an animal or plant has adopted in order to survive. Students will be asked to answer questions at each station and explain their observations.

3. You can use this clip as an assessment to an evolutionary unit and have the students explain how penguins are best suited for its environment and explain how its adaptations have helped its survival. Students can also give an example of another species in a different environment that has developed evolutionary traits in order to survive in its habitat and reproduce.