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Vet Detective Activity Book
This book features five hands-on activities designed for 8- to 12-year-olds. Each activity includes one 30-to 45-minute project and extensions. Activities can be used in any order. Also included are objectives and learning outcomes, assessment questions, ideas for a presentation or exhibit and topics for further investigation.

Table of Contents

Meet Tolani /ACTIVITY ONE
Watch a video about veterinarian Tolani Francisco and explore animal flight distances.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of the work of a scientist and of the scientific enterprise.

Bison Behavior /ACTIVITY TWO
Observe bison and learn how to make sense of their behavior.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of animal behavior and learn to collect and interpret data.

Vital Signs /ACTIVITY THREE
Learn how to take your own vital signs, and then compare them to the vital signs of other animals.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of animal physiology.

Rumination /ACTIVITY FOUR
Compare animal digestive systems and then experiment with the process of digesting grass.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of digestion.

Disease Detective /ACTIVITY FIVE
Investigate how the disease brucellosis spreads among different herds of elk.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of sampling populations and the causes of disease in animals.

Pulling It All Together
Create a story about a scientist who is a wildlife veterinarian.
Learning Outcomes: Youth draw on what they have learned in the activities to construct their own understanding of what it means to be a scientist.

New Wonders
Here are some ideas for projects or exhibits.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of science and technology in society and of science as a human endeavor.


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9909496.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and
do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).