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Animals For Everyone: Mammals


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Course Description

Are you curious about mammals that live in far away places or close to your home? Discover the wonderful world of mammals. This course is for school age children and for adults, as well. Ideal for nature lovers and travelers who want to know about the mammals they encounter. In addition, this class is a good review for biology students about mammals.


Animals For Everyone: Mammals is a course for students who have a lively curiosity and desire to learn about mammals. It is a good unit study course for upper elementary so discover the wonderful world of mammals. Lessons cover: Mammals with Eggs or Pouches Mammals That Eat Insects Afrotherians (Elephants, Hyraxes, Elephant Shrews, and Sea Cows) Strange and Wonderful Mammals Mammals That Gnaw: Rodents Meat Eaters (Carnivora) Mammals That Live in Trees Mammals with Hooves (Ungulates): Even-Toed Mammals with Hooves (Ungulates): Odd-Toed Mammals That Live In Oceans.
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Course Lessons

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Introduction

Of the animals, most people feel the closest to mammals. These animals live on the land, fly in the air, and swim in the sea. 140 Total Points
  • Review Article: WhoZoo: Animals at the Forth Worth Zoo
  • Complete Assignment: Mammals for Everyone
  • Complete Exam: Introduction

Mammals with Eggs or Pouches

When most people think about mammals, they rarely think about egg-laying or marsupial mammals. 130 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Plants and Animals of Western Australia; Pelican Lagoon Research and Wildlife Centre
  • Complete Assignment: Monotremes and Marsupials
  • Complete Exam: Egg Layers and Pouched Mammals

Mammals That Eat Insects

Since insects provide a concentrated source of protein, some mammals have specialized in hunting and eating them. 140 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: African Wildlife Foundation; The Mole Place
  • Complete Assignment: Insect Eating Mammals
  • Complete Exam: Mammals that Eat Insects

Afrotherians (Elephants, Hyraxes, Elephant Shrews, and Sea Cows)

Biologists have recently decided to group animals that arose from an ancient order of mammals as Afrotherians. The some of the animals that share this common ancestor are elephants, elephant shrews, and hyraxes (dassies). 145 Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: Afrotherians
  • Complete Exam: Afrotherians

Strange and Wonderful Mammals

With the exception of rabbits, xenarthra and lagomorphs are odd-looking mammals. These animals include sloths, armadillos, and pikas. 140 Total Points
  • Review Article: Armadillo Online
  • Complete Assignment: Strange and Wonderful Animals
  • Complete Exam: Strange and Wonderful Animals

Mammals That Gnaw: Rodents

What makes rodents unique are their gnawing and chewing abilities. Basically vegetarians, rodents can gnaw through the toughest tree wood and crack open the hardest nuts with their teeth. 140 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Red Squirrel; eNature America's Wildlife Resource
  • Complete Assignment: Mammals that Gnaw
  • Complete Exam: Mammals that Gnaw

Meat Eaters (Carnivora)

Carnivores are hunters and eaters of meat. These animals have become so successful that they have split into two groups of cat-like and dog-like carnivores. 140 Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: Meat Eaters
  • Complete Exam: Mammals that Eat Meat

Mammals That Live in Trees

Tree-living mammals have certain advantages over those that live on the ground. For one thing, they are safe from predators that live on the ground. 140 Total Points
  • Review Article: Wildlife Singapore
  • Complete Assignment: Mammals that Live in Trees
  • Complete Exam: Mammals that Live in Trees

Mammals with Hooves (Ungulates): Even-Toed

Artiodactyls have two toes on each foot for walking. Once people domesticated these animals, they obtained a ready supply of meat and muscle power. 130 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: African Wildlife Foundation; Ungulates
  • Complete Assignment: Even-toed Mammals
  • Complete Exam: Even-toed Mammals

Mammals with Hooves (Ungulates): Odd-Toed

Known as perissodactyls, horses, rhinos, and tapirs have middle toes which are larger than their other toes. 145 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Ecology Asia: mammals; The Tapir Gallery
  • Complete Assignment: Odd-Toed Mammals
  • Complete Exam: Odd-toed Mammals

Mammals That Live In Oceans

The mammals that spend most of their time in water have special adaptations for swimming and diving. 140 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Arctic Studies Center; Narwhal Tusk Discoveries
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Mammals that Swim
  • Complete Exam: Mammals that Swim
1530
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe mammals with eggs or pouches.
  • Describe mammals that eat insects.
  • Identify Afrotherians (Elephants, Hyraxes, Elephant Shrews, and Sea Cows).
  • Be familiar with rodents.
  • Identify meat eaters (carnivores).
  • Identify mammals that live in trees.
  • Identify mammals with hooves (Ungulates).
  • Identify mammals that live in oceans, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

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