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Using DNA to Explore Lizard Phylogeny
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.
6th - 12th Science
The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree
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.
18 mins 6th - 12th Science
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.
K - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Wild Moving Lizard Sculpture
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.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
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.
5th - 6th Science
Students write and draw about their knowledge of reptiles. For 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.
2nd - 4th Science
Have you ever wondered how computer animations work and what type of math is involved in making objects move across the screen? In this task, your young computer animators will use the geometric transformation of translations, reflections, and rotations to slide, flip, and turn lizards across the graph and make them appear more animated.
8th - 10th Math CCSS: Designed
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.
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.
Pre-K - 6th English Language Arts
Aboriginal Dreamtime Symbols
Students create their own dreamtime symbols in the style of modern Aboriginal culture. They are told that aboriginal art is very important in native Australian culture. Students locate Australia on a world map. They find pictures of animals that are common on that continent, such as kangaroos, lizards, and birds.
1st - 6th Science