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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. The lesson concludes with a re-reading of the story, Maple Pond, which they will use as they complete a related worksheet.
Young scholars 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.
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.
Young scholars conduct research on various vertebrates. They read the eBook 'Vertebrates,' select a vertebrate, conduct research, and create an eBook with one photo about their chosen vertebrate.
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. In order to save paper, kids can create online bulletin boards to collect and share their favorite photos.
Eighth graders classify vertebrate animals according to their characteristics. For this life science lesson, 8th graders distinguish among the seven classes of vertebrates. They examine similar characteristics among those that belong to the same class.
Fourth graders investigate the characteristics of each vertebrate group. They take notes in a science journal, and in small groups create a HyperStudio slideshow presentation to present information about a specific vertebrate group.
Students explore the different types of vertebrates found in their area. In this environmental science activity, students perform a case study on the Common Raven. They analyze data collected from research and create charts and graphs.
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.
Students build a Colossal Classroom Cladogram of vertebrate evolution. After putting it together, they show the gradual, mosaic accumulation of the traits which we, as humans, possess.
In this biology activity, students look for the answers to how to classify animals. They specifically focus upon the vertebrates while differentiating the characteristics from other organisms.
Students explore the question, "What types of adaptations do invertebrates need to live in a methane hydrate habitat?" They design an invertebrate or vertebrate capable of living in a methane hydrate ecosystem.
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.
Seventh graders describe the main characteristics of warm-blooded vertebrate animals. They compare and contrast the two different groups of warm-blooded vertebrate animals by looking at external, reproductive, and growth characteristics.
Fifth graders research and present a paper about vertebrates. In this research and writing instructional activity, 5th graders research information about vertebrates which they include in a paper and presentation. They determine how to present relevant information in an entertaining way. They include a picture or other visual clue in their presentation.
Students explore the internet world of Second Life and investigate different types of vertebrates and invertebrates. In this vertebrates and invertebrates lesson plan, students provide illustrations and captions for the sea life they researched.
In this science lesson, students classify pictures into categories of vertebrates or invertebrates. After a class discussion, students divide into groups, and are given plastic baggies that contain photographs of each. The groups must correctly sort and categorize the pictures.
In this biology activity, students examine the human skeleton and then classify animal bones according to their similar function.
Fifth graders examine the traits and characteristics of vertebrates. Identifying the key factors that make the classes of vertebrates unique, they create a children's book. They decide which material is necessary to share about the animals.
Fourth graders work in groups. They are given magazines. Students cut pictures of five mamals, five birds, five reptiles, five amphibians, and five fish. They place the pictures in a plastic bag. Students switch bags. They are explained that they should sort the pictures into the five animals vertebrate groupings.