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Vertebrates in the Pond
A vertebrate is an animal that has a backbone. Youngsters learn about vertebrates such as birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, and reptiles that live in or near pond habitats. The class is divided into vertebrate groups as they play a matching game that helps them learn to identify defining characteristics of each animal group.
1st Science 37 Views 38 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Vertebrate Matching Game
Eighth graders classify vertebrate animals according to their characteristics. In this life science lesson plan, 8th graders distinguish among the seven classes of vertebrates. They examine similar characteristics among those that belong to the same class.
8th Science 22 Views 69 Downloads
The Five Classes of Vertebrates
What a terrific lesson! Learners discuss the animal kingdom, and classify them as vertebrates and invertebrates. They also identify them as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. There is even a taxonomic breakdown of popular animals.
2nd - 6th Science 64 Views 381 Downloads
Students are able to describe the development of their chosen form of vertebrate life from the past to the present in a four to six page typed paper. They explain the use of phylogenetic tree. Students use the phylogenetic tree to exemplify an organism's evolutionary change as well as current information on the organism's current adaptation or change of habitat.
9th - 10th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
New Review Classifying Vertebrates
What features do scientists use to classify animals into groups? Class groups examine a series of paired images of vertebrates (a bass and a trout, a toad and a newt, a crocodile and a tortoise, an owl and a robin, a tiger and a bear) and list what the pairs have in common.
5th - 7th Science 11 Views 9 Downloads
Vertebrates or Invertebrates
Examine the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates as learners conduct Internet research, take an online invertebrate quiz, complete a vertebrate fact sheet, print out pictures of invertebrates they find interesting, and create index card information fact cards.
3rd - 5th Science 25 Views 153 Downloads
Design a Deep- Sea Vertebrate or Invertebrate
Students design a deep-sea animal. In this research based lesson, students research and design a vertebrate or invertebrate that lives in a methane hydrate habitat. They compile a class chart of the adaptations animals have in this ecosystem.
7th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 22 Downloads
Middle schoolers promote creativity through painting and drawing different types of vertebrates. They investigate how to classify the different categories of vertebrates: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and manmmals. Studnets draw and paint a variety of vertebrates, and they label each animal with the type of vertebreate it is.
6th - 8th Science 3 Views 5 Downloads
Comparative anatomy prevails in the lesson exploring diversity among invertebrates. Biologists examine physical characteristics of an earthworm from phylum annelida and a meal worm from phylum insecta. They also inspect a cricket and a crayfish, both arthropods, but from different classes.
6th - 12th Science 62 Views 112 Downloads
The Animal Body and How it Moves
Spark interest in the body structure of vertebrates with this comprehensive and colorful instructional activity. Your biology class will explore the levels of organization, primary tissue types, and the main organ systems. Finally, they hone in on how skeletal muscles contract, allowing vertebrate motility.
9th - Higher Ed Science 11 Views 49 Downloads
New Review The Coelacanth: A Living Fossil of a Fish
It was just another day of fishing at the local pier when a man unknowingly reeled in a fish thought to be extinct for 65 million years. This short video explains how scientists were surprised to discover that this 360 million year old species had more in common with land dwelling vertebrates than other fish, representing a critical transition in the evolution of life on Earth.
4 mins 6th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable
Students describe the development of their chosen form of vertebrate life from the past to the present in a four to six page paper. They explain the use of a phylogenetic tree, and use this to exemplify an organism's evolutionary change as well as current information on the organism's current adaptation or change of habitat.
9th - 10th Science 3 Views 7 Downloads
Third graders differentiate between vertebrates and invertebrates, and identify the main characteristics of mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. They sort and categorize different types of balls, discuss the characteristics of five types of vertebrates, and participate in a characteristic identification game.
3rd Science 31 Views 139 Downloads
Animals and Their Coverings
Students investigate the coverings of vertebrates and invertebrates and cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals. In this animals and their coverings lesson plan, students observe displays of different animals and discuss and answer questions about their body coverings.
8th - 10th Science 4 Views 25 Downloads
Structure and Function of Vertebrates - Reading/Notetaking Guide - What is a Vertebrate?
A sequence map on the evolutionary development of vertebrates, a concept map on the endoskeleton, and several other questions about vertebrate adaptations are arranged on three pages for young biologists to complete. This can be used as a textbook reading guide, a lecture note taking guide, or a review homework assignment.
7th - 12th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
Students identify and describe five main groups of the Phylum Chordata. They discover that the Phylum Chordata is the vertebrates. Students identify the main difference between invertebrates and vertebrates. They read passages about the different chordates.
9th - 11th Science 6 Views 51 Downloads