Why Do Dogs Pant?

Media Item

Bibliographic Information: Hank Green’s SciShow. Why Do Dogs Pant? 2014.

Plot Description:
Panting is the main way that dogs release heat from their bodies. Humans do this by sweating; dogs only have sweat glands on the pads of their paws. Dog tongues are wide and flat, giving them a larger surface area for saliva to evaporate off of, removing heat quickly. This does dehydrate them, so on hot days dogs need lots of water that they can use up.

Quantitative Reading Level: Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.9

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This video is presented mainly in second-person, focusing on why dogs pant and the scientific reasoning behind it. The media is 3rd grade level.

Content Area: Science-Biology

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Literature for K-5: #1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers; #4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language; #7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
  • CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea; #4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area; #7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
  • CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5:  #3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words both in isolation and in text; #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a great short video to use in Science Curriculum. It is best suited to 2nd grade through 5th grade. It explores dog biology.

Supporting Digital Content:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8sxpxXjSBs&list=UUZYTClx2T1of7BRZ86-8fow
https://www.youtube.com/user/scishow

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