Sensational Singing Mice

Everyone knows that mice squeak, but researchers at Duke University have discovered that male mice sing as well — specifically when they are courting females.
NGSS Performance Expectation: None
NC Essential Science Standards (Grades 6-8): Understand the processes, structures and functions of living organisms that enable them to survive, reproduce and carry out the basic functions of life

Discussion Questions

  1. Describe the conditions under which a) mouse songs are complex, and b) mouse songs are simple.
  2. What is the highest frequency that humans can generally hear?
  3. Why are researchers of autism interested in studying mice songs?
  4. What Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family and Subfamily, Genus, and Species does the common house mouse belong to?

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