Lesson 4: Reptiles
Read about and find examples of reptiles. Again our favorite resource is a Dorling Kindersley book entitled Eyewitness Books: Reptile, but feel free to use any good picture/information book which focuses on reptiles.
What are the major characteristics of reptiles?
1) Reptiles have tough skin covered with scales
2) Reptiles, like amphibians, are cold-blooded
3) Reptiles lay eggs with tough water proof shells
4) Reptiles breathe with lungs
5) Reptiles have a 3 chambered heart
While discussing what makes a reptile a reptile, be sure to compare and contrast with other classes of animals, especially amphibians.
Younger students--Draw a picture of a reptile and use the bio-diversity website to explore it's taxonomy.
Older students--Fill out an animal report form (this one from CurrClick is free and will work for this activity), making sure to include the characteristics that make this animal a reptile. Use the bio-diversity website to explore the animal's taxonomy.
Objectives: Student will be able to list major characteristics of reptiles and be able to give an example of a reptile. Student will be able to explain how reptiles and amphibians are different.