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- Kelly W., Student teacher
- Independence, IA
Lizard Teacher Resources
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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.
High schoolers read and write a brief summary of a specific poem in this lesson. Students read the poem, "A Green Lizard", and review a vocabulary list of specific words. High schoolers 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.
Research facts about reptiles and amphibians while developing Internet research skills. Researchers use the Internet to gather significant source information regarding specific animals. They identify reptiles and amphibians and present the collected information in a poster. The worksheet provided will help them specify the type of information they are looking for.
Students are divided into 2 groups: "snakes" and "lizards." Lizards move about the room in a way designated by the teacher, while snakes remain on their "rock" holding a given object and perform a balancing movement. Lizards guess what object their snake partner is holding, and switch places if they guess correctly. Students then discuss the heat of the desert, animals that live there and the importance of water.
Young scholars identify and graph averages. Groups of students observe the length of time it takes for a lizard to re-grow its tail. After collecting the data over a 12-month period, young scholars find the median, mode and range of the data. They construct a life graph depicting the information.
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 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. Students create a Venn diagram comparing snakes and lizards and write a summary about a chosen reptile.