Vertebrates II

This Vertebrates II lesson plan also includes:

Mammals of the ocean unite! Or not. The 20th installment of a 23-part NOAA Enrichment in Marine sciences and Oceanography (NEMO) program investigates how warm-blooded marine mammals survive in water. In the class activity, learners use dichotomous keys to separate out marine mammals for the purposes of identification.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners bring in seafood restaurant menus to research; they should be able to find and print one online if they do not have a hard copy
Classroom Considerations

  • It is helpful if learners have previously encountered dichotomous keys
  • The resource can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as a continuation of Vertebrates I
Pros

  • Resources includes an alternate activity that focuses on whales
  • Lectures notes provide information for teachers to help guide the lesson
Cons

  • None