An “instinct” is an inborn pattern of behavior. It is something an animal can do without having to learn. As you learn about migration, keep a list of the many things animals do by instinct. Then explore examples of human instincts.
Do parents teach their babies to smile, or do babies smile by instinct? Do parents teach them to roll over, crawl, sit, stand or walk—or do babies do any of these things by instinct?
Throughout history and around the globe, these human behaviors generally occur during the first year of life. Interview a parent about a baby they watched to develop. (Maybe the baby was you!) Record the dates each of the events below occurred for the first time; an estimated date is fine. Ask the parents which behaviors they taught and which seemed to occur by instinct. For taught behaviors, ask the parents to describe their teaching. Finally, compare notes with other classmates as you answer the journaling questions below.
Try This! Journaling Questions
Try This! Observing