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Investigate the life of bugs and how they interact with the environment in this integrated science and language arts lesson. Young scientists construct mini environments in cages in order to make observations. This data forms the basis of research papers and/or imaginary stories about the insect they collect on the school yard or at home.
Students create a power point presentation of one of the phylum within the animal kingdom. They work in groups of two. Students show information gained during study of the animal kingdom unit as well as knowledge gained during lessons on PowerPoint, digital camera use, and scanning techniques.
Students investigate the role of sponges in our oceans. In this biology lesson, students create a diagram visualizing how sponges bring food into their bodies through a filtering process. Students discuss the connections between sponges, coral reefs, fish, and our dietary habits.
Students make observations and describe the filter-feeding in sponges as it relates to the ecological role of sponges on coral reefs. In this filter-feeding in reef sponges lesson, students are introduced to the feeding methods of multicellular animals called sponges. Students then create a diagram that describes specific observations. Students then watch a video clip of sponge feeding.
Beginning biologists learn the characteristics of the five classes in the arthropod phylum. A student handout lists characteristics to help them identify five specimens. You will need to collect an example of each: arachnida, crustacea, diplopoda, chilopoda, and insecta. This exploration can be used with a wide range of age groups.
All major groups of vertebrates are summarized here with the characteristics of each explained. Other subphyla of chordates are listed: cephalochordata, urochordata, monotremata, marsupialia. The details are relevant but are not linked to any other task. A teacher could create an activity to supplement this resource.
Biological taxonomy masters examine the five main classes under phylum chordata. Pupils compare and contrast the identifying characteristics of the various organisms. They explain why taxonomy is important in classifying organisms. You may find this resource disappointing as all it provides are a vague outline of the lessons, a copy of the slides from a PowerPoint presentation, and a substandard worksheet about bird varieties. The worksheet has typographical errors.
Marine biology beginners read about the 2005 Florida Coast Deep Corals expedition, research phylum Cnidaria, and then report on a specific coral deep-sea coral group. There is an abundance of background information and internet resources to keep your class exploring coral for days!
In this Boy Scout Mammal Study merit badge instructional activity, students complete 5 pages of multiple step short answer questions associated with the characteristics of mammals in order to earn a merit badge. They list animal classification, follow mammals from phylum through species, and detail mammalian habitats.