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- Camden Wyoming, DE
Amphibian Teacher Resources
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In this reptile and amphibian Boy Scout merit badge worksheet, students complete 7 pages of short answer questions about reptiles and amphibians. They identify the characteristics of each, tell where they are located, and make sketches or take photographs of at least four species.
Would you rather touch an amphibian or a reptile? Challenge your young zoologists' comparing and contrasting skills with this lesson, in which they review classifications of other animals before filling out worksheets on reptiles and amphibians. They then play a game with dice before writing a journal entry on everything they know about reptiles and amphibians.
Introduce your class to various reptiles and amphibians. They will meet and identify a representative from each of the four major reptile families, then learn about and discuss reptile characteristics. Next, they will identify and discuss the differences and similarities between reptiles and amphibians. This lesson suggests the use of either actual or stuffed reptiles. Most local museums have an animal lending library specifically for this type of usage.
Fourth graders explore biology by viewing animal videos in class. In this amphibian and reptile lesson, 4th graders identify the key differences between reptiles, amphibians and other animal classifications. Students view video clips in class and examine live specimens with their classmates.
Students are introduced to the purpose of dichotomous keys and create one together as a class. In groups, they use a digital atlas to examine the different types of amphibians in Idaho. Using this information, they make their own dichotomous key and discuss the amphibians characteristics.
A dazzling drawing of the coastal and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico is the centerpiece of this lesson. Display it for your class to view, and have them identify which organisms are plants, invertebrates, fish, birds, reptiles, mammals, or amphibians. Using the Gulf as an example, your life science learners gain experience classifying living organisms. The activity would be a concise way to sum up a unit on different types of animals. You will find everything you need to implement this lesson as well as links to other related lessons.
Students examine the reasons for preserving wildlife. They look at reasons for amphibian malformations and write an essay about the ethical issues that this brings up. They listen to the teacher read quotes about extinction and how the reasons for amphibian malformation could effects humans.
Learners compare and contrast reptiles and amphibians. As a class, students discuss the yellow-spotted lizard mentioned in the novel Holes. Using internet resources, learners research facts about reptiles and amphibians and document their findings on a provided worksheet.
Students investigate the life cycle of an amphibian, as well as examine their environment. For this amphibian study lesson, students visit a website to investigate amphibian life cycles. Students create a model of the stages of metamorphosis. Students design a picture of the song and then write a story about them.
Begin with an informational text, "Reptiles and Amphibians through the Ages," and then research online about the evolutionary development of a modern frog. Look at drawings of ancestor's skeletons and list the organisms on the geologic time scale. This is a sample of what natural historians will accomplish with this worksheet. It states that it was written for grades 10-12, but may be more appropriate for your middle school earth science curriculum. An answer key is provided.