Animal Anatomy Teacher Resources
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Unifying themes in animal anatomy and physiology are displayed slide by slide. The main concepts involve the differentiation in cells and tissues, and details are given about fuel management, metabolism, and some other essential processes.
Students describe what animals look like. In this ESL vocabulary development lesson, students complete worksheets and use images to help them describe what animals look like.
Students study structural animal adaptations and how they aid survival. They examine the differences between carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. They investigate the specialized body parts that assist the animals when they eat. They write a menu for an animal that caters to its specific adaptations.
Students investigate the relationship between humans and yeast. In this evolution lesson plan, students compare amino acids in a variety of life forms. Students will watch films on similarities of the genetic code that structures an organism.
Students complete a hands on activity using hard boiled eggs, food coloring, tape, cups, water, and a knife to show how permeability affects animals. In this permeability lesson plan, students complete this activity and learn how pollution affects amphibians easily because of their scaly skin.
Young scholars compare and contrast the types of coverings found on animals. They identify a wide variety of animals in a museum room. They classify animals based on their coverings as well.
For this body plans and adaptations worksheet, students will review the different types of symmetry found in organisms. Students will identify body parts as found on either the ventral or dorsal part of an animal. Then students will look at how the exoskeleton and endoskeleton help organisms. This worksheet has 7 multiple choice, 12 fill in the blank, 3 short answer, and 4 true or false questions.
Students explore what characteristics animals have in order to move and eat within their environment. In this animal lesson, students watch an interactive Power Point and identify animal body parts. Students choose an animal and create a puppet with the correct characteristics for that animal.
In this arthropods worksheet, learners read a detailed text about insects, arachnids and crustaceans. Students then complete 14 multiple choice and fill in the blank questions.
In this biology worksheet, students read about arthropods and some of the different species that fit into this classification. They then answer 13 questions about what they just learned. The answers are on the last page of the packet.
Students identify and interpret that leaves provide food for new trees and plants. Students cut out leaves and glue them on the appropriate number on included worksheet. Students collect different types of leaves and make leaf rubbings. Students identify all the different types of leaves they have collected.
Spark interest in the body structure of vertebrates with this comprehensive and colorful worksheet. Your biology class will explore the levels of organization, primary tissue types, and the main organ systems. Finally, they hone in on how skeletal muscles contract, allowing vertebrate motility. Consider assigning this as homework.
Students examine animal vocabulary words and identify which animals have those characteristics. In small groups, they play an animal card game involving more vocabulary words. Students continue to drill on terms by completing worksheets and an animal crossword puzzle.
Young scholars discover animal characteristics by reading a children's book in class. In this fur lesson, students identify the harsh weather most Alaskans deal with every year and discuss how animal fur kept them from freezing in the past. Young scholars read the book Do Frogs Have Fur? and answer study questions in their science journals.
In this science worksheet, students analyze 7 pictures of animal body parts such as: tusk, claw, snout. Students read 3 word choices and circle the word that matches the picture.
Students identify the different parts of the animal body. In this anatomy lesson series, students complete worksheets as they go along the lesson. They take a test at the end of the unit.
New! Animal Brains
Do big bodies make big brains? Let your learners decide whether there is an association between body weight and brain weight by putting the data from different animals into a scatterplot. They can remove any outliers and then make a line of best fit to show whether the relationship is positive or negative. Fortunately for us, human brains are heavy!
Arm your young scientists with knowledge about anatomy as they build their own model of the elbow joint. Help them get a firm grasp on how muscles and bones interact to allow movement as they try different positions for the muscles on their models. In the activity, groups work together to create a bicep muscle simulation, then, when finished, are challenged to create a tricep. In addition to the model, each child answers some analysis questions about muscles and bones. For upper-middle school or high schoolers, encourage them to create their own, more accurate model at home.
What effects do temperature and carbon dioxide levels have on the zooplankton of Antarctica? This concluding lesson in a short unit on climate change and the ocean helps environmental scientists answer these questions. After learning about current Antarctic research through the provided slide show, lab groups perform an experiment to see if brine shrimp respond to changes in their environments. While data charts and analysis questions are provided for the lab, there are no printed materials lists or procedures. Have learners write their own complete lab reports to turn in.
Here is a fine biology activity that introduces youngsters to reptiles. They study their feeding habits, their habitats, and the adaptations they must make to survive in their environments. The outstanding activity includes two excellent student handout sheets that facilitate their learning. These science lessons from the Desert Discovery folks are all well-worth using in your class!