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Snakes and Lizards Length and Movement
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.
For this detailed and comprehensive multi-day activity, budding evolutionary biologists use real data from lizard populations in the Canary Islands to examine evolution and natural selection.
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!
Wild Moving Lizard Sculpture
Lizards are amazing! After a lesson plan 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.
Do You Speak Lizard?
Learners explore musical dynamics. In this music lesson, students identify and describe soft and loud music through movement, singing, and drum playing. Learners envision and imitate the movement of lizards and bears to illustrate their knowledge of soft and loud music.
Australian Aborigine Lizard Painting
Students become familiar with Australian "dot paintings." In this Australian Aboriginal Lizard painting lesson, students make illustration of three types of lizards and complete pictures using "dot painting." Students recognize the characteristics of Australian Aboriginal dot painting.
All Kinds of Lizards Quiz
In this online quiz worksheet, students answer a set of multiple choice questions about lizards. Page includes links to answers, ads and resources.
Fourth graders recall lizards from the text and report their important traits. The teacher adds the information to the map. They watch the map expand while it organizes all of the lizards and their characteristics.
Looking for Lizards across Los Angeles
In this lizards activity, students read a 1 page passage titled Looking for Lizards across Los Angeles and then answer short answer questions about it. Students answer 10 questions.
Leapin' Lizards And Other Facts About Reptiles And Amphibians
Pupils compare and contrast reptiles and amphibians. As a class, students discuss the yellow-spotted lizard mentioned in the novel Holes. Using internet resources, pupils 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!
Island Biogeography and Evolution
Students 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.
Island Biogeography and Evolution: Solving a Phylogenetic Puzzle With Molecular Genetics
Students engage in solving a logic problem based on real organisms and real data. They develop phylogenies for seven related populations of lizards living on the Canary Islands.
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.
Heating and Cooling a Really Large Lizard
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.
Heating and Cooling a Really Large Lizard
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.
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.
Wiggling With Math
Students 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, students find the median, mode and range of the data. They construct a life graph depicting the information.
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.
Creatures of Scale
Students examine the evolution, morphological characteristics, and unique behaviors of snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises. They chose one of the reptiles to research and complete a Reptile Report worksheet about.