For Prof Avril


Research Question and Plan


Record your ideas here as you brainstorm topics that interest you as you read about animal intelligence.


Animals I could write about (pick at least 2)

Animal 1:

Animal 2:


What do the animals do that’s interesting?

Animal 1:

Animal 2:


Does that relate to the animal’s intelligence? Is it   related to the animal’s senses, hunting skill, personality, memory, thoughts,   etc.?

Animal 1: Yes or No

Animal 2: Yes or No

Research Questions

Propose three possible research questions that interest you or choose from the options below. Remember these should be open-ended questions.


1. How do [animals you want to research] hunt? (For example, how do leopards hunt?)

2. Can [animals] learn tricks?

3. Can [animals] feel love or loyalty?

4. How much can a(n) [animal] remember?


Research Question 1:


Research Question 2:


Research Question 3:




Checking for Sources

How much information can you find for each of the three research questions you’ve written? Write the sources you find below. You may use books, reliable websites, or reliable videos. Avoid unreliable websites like Wikipedia, videos made by casual Youtubers (not professional scientists or zookeepers), social media, and blogs.


Source #1

Source #2

Source #3


Research   Question 1

Full link or name of source:

Full link or name of source:

Full link or name of source:


Research Question 2

Full link or name of source:

Full link or name of source:

Full link or name of source:


Research Question 3

Full link or name of source:

Full link or name of source:

Full link or name of source:


If you’re having trouble finding   sources, reach out to your teachers. We have lots of ideas for where you can   find information!

Finalizing Your Plan

IMPORTANT: Now select ONE question to research and decide if you need more sources or not. You might need to change your original question now that you’ve reviewed a few sources.


My final research question:


Do I need additional sources of information? Why or why   not?

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