Vertebrates Teacher Resources
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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 CCSS: Adaptable
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
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
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
The Animal Body and How it Moves
Spark interest in the body structure of vertebrates with this comprehensive and colorful worksheet. 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
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
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
Classification of Animals
This is one of the better presentations I've seen on the classification of animals. Youngsters view slides that introduce the characteristics of each of the animals groups through the use of photographs and text. Then, they are given examples of animals and must determine the correct classification.
2nd - 4th Science
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.
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
Study Jams! Vertebrates
Your back will be covered when you use this presentation to introduce beginning biologists to phylum chordata, the vertebrates. Five classes are defined: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals throughout the eight vibrant slides. This easily can serve as a ready-made introduction to the different vertebrate groups for upper-elementary life science learners.
3rd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Vertebrates: Part I, Fishes & Amphibians
A simple set of slides shares the three classes of fish and the class amphibia. The first three slides cover fish characteristics and structure, while the last three cover amphibian characteristics and life cycle. Though somewhat underdeveloped, this resource can help support your classification unit in your biology class.
9th - 12th Science