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Invertebrates Teacher Resources
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Students investigate the invertebrate sponge. In this invertebrates lesson plan, students observe the sponge, Grantia, using a dissecting microscope. Students answer questions about their observations and view six other invertebrates. They compare synthetic sponges to real sponges and discuss outer protective coatings.
As you work through the biological hierarchy, visit several phyla within the animal kingdom. This PowerPoint introduces viewers to characteristics and reproduction in sponges, cnidarian, flatworms, and roundworms. Make sure to add the names of the phyla for each group to make this presentation complete: Porifera, Cnidaria, Platyhelminthes, and Nematoda.
Comparative anatomy prevails in the lesson exploring diversity among invertebrates. Biologists examine physical characteristics of an earthworm from phylum annelida and a meal worm from phylum insecta. They also inspect a cricket and a crayfish, both arthropods, but from different classes. Plenty of direction, space for recording observations, and follow-up questions make this handout a thorough investigation of invertebrates for middle or high school biology classes, especially when studying classification.
A splendid instructional activity on invertebrates is here for you. Elementary schoolers take in a teacher-led presentation on these interesting animals, then split up into groups to perform research on a certain animal. Once the groups have completed their research, they make a video in which each group member shares some of the information they've gathered about their invertebrate. Terrific worksheets, and a scoring rubric are embedded in this truly fine lesson plan.
Sixty-five slides cover the invertebrate phyla in deliberate detail. The presentation begins with general characteristics of all animals, it differentiates among they types of food eaters, and then it separates vertebrates from vertebrates. A slide is also included on symmetry. The rest of the PowerPoint is dedicated to sponges, cnidarians, and the worms. Most of the photos and diagrams, which are found on every slide, are clear and legible. This resource will be a strong support to your classification curriculum.
Students examine the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates. They conduct Internet research, take an online invertebrate quiz, complete a vertebrate fact sheet, print out pictures of invertebrates they find interesting, and create index card information fact cards.
Learners investigate the role of sponges in our oceans. In this biology lesson, students create a diagram visualizing how sponges bring food into their bodies through a filtering process. Learners discuss the connections between sponges, coral reefs, fish, and our dietary habits.
Students make observations and describe the filter-feeding in sponges as it relates to the ecological role of sponges on coral reefs. In this filter-feeding in reef sponges lesson, students are introduced to the feeding methods of multicellular animals called sponges. Students then create a diagram that describes specific observations. Students then watch a video clip of sponge feeding.
Students explore the use of acid and base pH indicators. The teacher saturates an indicator sponge with congo red solution. Afterwards, the sponge is placed in a blue base solution. Students observe that the blue sponge actually turns red. They discuss the explanations for the color change.