MOKENA – The fourth-graders at Arbury Hills School in Mokena recently learned about sense receptors. To show how animals communicate with each other using their sense receptors, students were pretending to be meerkats.
The groups, or “meerkat gangs,” needed to come up with one danger signal sound and one safety signal sound to communicate with their meerkat gang. One meerkat’s job in their gang is called “the lookout.”
The lookout is responsible for communicating with the gang when there is danger and when it is safe. To demonstrate this, students were blindfolded and needed to listen to the lookout’s signals whether there was danger because a predator (a teacher) was approaching (sitting down) or it was safe (stand up).