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Snakes and lizards can be very tiny or very long. Your class will get out their rulers to see just how big snakes and lizards can be. They discuss several different reptiles by reading the included animal fact cards, then each small group uses rulers and yard sticks to measure the length of their assigned animals. The smallest measures 10cm and the longest measures about 29 feet! The activity is perfect for incorporating science into your next measurement or math lesson.
Lizards are amazing! After a lesson on reptiles, take a look at this set of instructions. You'll be able to guide your class in making a paper lizard sculpture that moves. This idea also includes variations on the paper technique used and suggested books your class with love.
Here is a terrific learning game that has pupils acting like lizards! Before the game starts, there is a class discussion on the differences between endotherms and exotherms. The main focus of the game is how each team must keep their lizard (a thermometer) alive by feeding it and regulating its body temperature. One team is the endotherms, while the other is the exotherms. A very clever and educationally sound learning game!
Students read and write a brief summary of a specific poem in this lesson plan. Students read the poem, "A Green Lizard", and review a vocabulary list of specific words. Students discuss and answer 9 short answer questions. Students write a short summary of the poem in their own words.
Students become familiar with Australian "dot paintings." In this Australian Aboriginal Lizard painting lesson plan, students make illustration of three types of lizards and complete pictures using "dot painting." Students recognize the characteristics of Australian Aboriginal dot painting.
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.
Here is a fine biology lesson 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 lesson 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!
Remind your middle school scientists how fox ear size varies depending on the climate they live in; large ears allow heat loss while small ears keep heat in. Discuss how a cold-blooded animal might try to regulate body temperature. Then split the class into pairs and have them record temperatures at different locations around campus. They relate their temperature readings to where ectothermic animals might hang out. Finally, they relate what they've learned to the placement of solar panels on a building.
Students complete multi-curricular activities to learn about various animal and plant life. In this nature study, students read the story Frogs, Toads, Lizards, and Salamanders.' Students color the frog green, learn 'og' rhyming words, and play a related game. Students watch a video about frogs.
High schoolers use this activity as a logic problem that is based on real organisms and real data. The problem is to develop phylogenies for seven related populations of lizards living on the Canary Islands. Three phylogenetic charts are constructed, each using different forms of data, geography, geology, morphology, and molecular genetics.
Students write and draw about their knowledge of reptiles. In this reptiles lesson plan, students view a nature video focusing on lizards and snakes. They complete a chart comparing and contrasting lizards and snakes. They then focus on defense mechanisms that they learned from the video and compile a list of strategies of defense. And last they write a summary about one of the snakes or lizards as an assessment.
Students investigate the effect of temperature on cold-blooded animals, using a 5 x 8 inch index card to represent a dinosaur as their model organism. Students measure temperature changes that occurs at different angles to a light source and apply the importance of maintaining an appropriate body temperature.
Learners explore biology by completing a research project on a specific animal. In this reptile research lesson, students discuss the characteristics that classify an animal as a reptile and view video clips of reptiles in action. Learners create a Venn diagram comparing snakes and lizards and write a summary about a chosen reptile.