Hop into Action

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Young scientists find out what makes amphibians such unique and interesting animals in this simple life science lesson. After looking at pictures and discussing the characteristics of amphibians, learners complete a series of three Venn diagrams involving the comparison of different animals, before finally using their graphic organizers to write short compare and contrast essays.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include this lesson in an elementary life science unit on the different types of animal life
  • Create information sheets on frogs, toads, salamanders, reptiles, and amphibians that students can read in pairs before filling in their Venn diagrams together
  • For older students, have them research animals' similarities and differences independently or with a partner
Classroom Considerations

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  • Lesson calls for a children's book and/or images of amphibians to be used during the lesson, which will need to be obtained by the teacher
  • Depending on the age and prior knowledge of your students, additional scaffolding may be needed when writing the compare and contrast essays

  • Offers ten quick activities and a few children's books that can be used to teach pre-schoolers about amphibians
  • Ideas are provided for extending learning about amphibians
  • Answer keys are included for each Venn diagram exercise

  • Even though the table of contents lists 20 different lessons, this resource is a single sample lesson taken from the larger collection