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In a fun and interactive two-day lesson, learners sort anole lizard pictures by appearance. Next, they watch a video about the anoles and re-sort based on the information in the video. In addition to physical characteristics, budding biologists look for DNA differences between the anoles and create an evolutionary family tree.
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. 
In this online quiz worksheet, students answer a set of multiple choice questions about lizards. Page includes links to answers, ads and resources.
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.
Different islands in the Caribbean have very similar species of anole lizards, which each have their own place in the ecosystem. Researchers did several studies to determine whether the anoles evolved into the different species then migrated to the different islands or evolved independently on each island. Some key areas of focus within the video include: 
  • Reproductive isolation
  • Adaptation
  • Examining the speed, leg length, and toe pad size in regard to the ecosystem roles filled by each anole
Note: if the activity is included, the duration of the lesson moves to two 50-minute class periods.
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.
In 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. 
A cobra and a monitor lizard go head to head in a battle for some lunch. See who wins the delicious crocodile egg in this vicious competition. Watch the whole video to see an interesting twist!
Check out this stand-off between a team of half-pound water dikkops and a half-ton crocodile against a hungry monitor lizard. As the lizard is hunting for crocodile eggs, a pair of feisty dikkops act as a defense for themselves and the crocodiles. Can your class predict what will happen in the end?
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 explore biology by completing a research project on a specific animal. In this reptile research lesson plan, 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.
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 use the question of "What is a dinosaur?" in order to establish the context for a class investigation. They use a variety of resources in order to gather information. Students compare and contrast the similarities or differences of modern lizards with prehistoric dinosaurs.
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. 
In this mazes worksheet, students determine the most efficient strategy to help a lizard find its favorite shady spot through an intriguing maze.
For this mazes worksheet, students find the best strategy to assist a side-blotched lizard find its prey to eat through an intriguing maze.
In this science activity, students compare a lizard and an amphibian. They answer several short questions and color in the pictures.
In this animal-themed coloring worksheet, students color the picture of a lizard and practice printing the word lizard by tracing the dotted lines.
For this vocabulary worksheet, students cut apart ten small vocabulary cards, study the words on each, put them in alphabetical order, and use each in a sentence. Students staple the word cards into a booklet. All words pertain to The Lizard and the Sun by Alma Flor Ada.
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.