Kingdom Animalia--Lesson 3

Continuing the weekly lesson plans for an elementary science unit focusing on Kingdom Animalia.

Lesson 3:  Amphibians 

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia

Amphibians make up the class Amphibia; meaning of both lives.  Examples include frogs, salamanders, and toads.

Read about amphibians and give examples.  Our favorite resource for this lesson is Eyewitness Books: Amphibian, but you might use any good resource for studying class amphibia desired.

In studying amphibians your student should learn the main characteristics of amphibians:

1) They live in or around water

2) They go through metamorphosis (be sure to define metamorphosis)

3) They are cold-blooded (be sure to explain what being cold-blooded and warm-blooded mean)

4) They have moist soft shin for taking in oxygen

Project: This will be an ongoing project for each sub-type of species learned

Younger students--Draw a picture of an amphibian and use the bio-diversity website to explore the animal'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 an amphibian.  Use the bio-diversity website to explore the animal's taxonomy.

Objectives for this lesson:  Student will be able to list the major characteristics of amphibians and will be able to give an example of an amphibian.  Student will be able to define the terms "cold-blooded" and "metamorphosis".


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