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Daily Classroom Special: Discriminating Palates: Pet Food Preferences
About this Daily Classroom Special: 
Science to Go
provides easy yet meaningful science activities for grades k-8. Science to Go was written by Barbara Smith, Magnet Coordinator at Harvard Elementary, Houston (TX) and former Teachers Network web mentor.

Discriminating Palates - Pet Food Preferences


Objectives 

  • Making observations and recording data. 
  • Taking measurements using standards.

Activity 
  1. Examine mixed food for classroom pet (birdseed, gerbil mix, etc.).
  2. Sort food and determine what percentage of the whole each part of the mix represents.
    Compare this information to the labeling on the package. Try to determine the name of each
    component.
  3. Measure equal amounts (by weight or volume) of food into separate
    containers. 
  4. Make a hypothesis as to which food the pet will prefer, and give a reason for
    your guess. Give food to pet.
  5. At set intervals (depends on feeding habits of your pet), measure all foods
    and calculate amounts eaten. Keep a log of observations.
  6. Repeat experiment at least twice more.
  7. Using data collected, create a graph showing food preference.
  8. Discuss reason for having a mixture of foodstuffs, and relate to the
    recommended daily servings for humans' nutrition.

Web site Picks for Science 
Adding a Pet to the Family: When your child asks "Mommy, can I have a
puppy?"

Parent advice, recommended book lists, responsibilities, allergies.

AVMA Care for Pets Home Page. American Veterinary Medical Association
Advice on animal health issues, pet loss, and buying a pet. Animal safety, and
all about veterinarians. Kid's Korner has activities, games, and pet advice.

 

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