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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.
For this sponges, cnidarians and worms worksheet, students complete a concept map on simple invertebrates. They fill in 11 blanks with the correct answers from the list.
In this invertebrates worksheet, students read about the characteristics of the different groups of invertebrates. Then students complete 10 multiple choice questions.
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.
In this sponge worksheet, students read about the different parts of a sponge and answer 20 short answer questions that follow. They color and label different sponge drawing.
In this simple animals learning exercise, learners compare and contrast the body plans of sponges, cnidarians, flatworms, and roundworms. This learning exercise has 4 short answer questions.
Students use a key to determine the phyla of invertebrates. They are broken into groups and each group gets a stack of pictures and uses the key to determine which phyla the animal belongs to. There are also individual questions for the students to answer as well.
Pupils brainstorm different characteristics of invertebrates and investigate invertebrates by conducting Internet research.
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 acquire a general knowledge of fossils and paleontology, the study of evidence of life in the past and identify the major invertebrate groups (phyla) commonly found in the fossil record.
In this cnidarians worksheet students study the biology of the different species of cnidarians and complete a series of short answers to the questions about them.
Third graders research an invertebrate, create a poster about it, then present it to the class.
Examine the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates as learners 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. In order to save paper, kids can create online bulletin boards to collect and share their favorite photos.
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.
Students explore the question, "What types of adaptations do invertebrates need to live in a methane hydrate habitat?" They design an invertebrate or vertebrate capable of living in a methane hydrate ecosystem.
Learners design a deep-sea animal. In this research based lesson, students research and design a vertebrate or invertebrate that lives in a methane hydrate habitat. They compile a class chart of the adaptations animals have in this ecosystem.
Students 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.  Students discuss the connections between sponges, coral reefs, fish, and our dietary habits.
Students explore and practice a variety of motor skills. In this physical education movement lesson plan, students rotate between 6 stations. Each station provides a Sponge Bob related activity which requires the children to use fine and gross motor skills.
High schoolers keep a scientific research notebook on an invertebrate detailing its behavior and responses.
Students collect terrestrial invertebrates using a home made pit fall-style trap. They discover that there are more invertebrates than they thought. Pupils classify the invertebrates. Students define what a terrestrial invertebrate and invasive species are and give examples of each.