Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What are Reptiles?

  • are vertebrates (have a backbone)
  • are cold-blooded
  • have scaly skin
  • breathe with lungs 
  • most lay eggs

  • Have the students brainstorm any characteristics of reptiles that they already know. (See list above.) 

  • Share the above list. (Older students can record this list in their science notebooks.)    

  • Have students brainstorm a list of animals that fit these characteristics. (snakes, turtles, alligators, lizards, etc.)   
    • Begin a class chart with the students' list of reptiles. (Add to the chart daily.) Older students can record in their science notebooks. 

    • Read a book to students about reptiles or have older students read books individually or with a partner.
    Suggested Books

    Do You Know about Reptiles? (Lightning Bolt Books: Meet the Animal Groups) Read a review of this book by Books for Learning here.

    Miles and Miles of Reptiles: All About Reptiles (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)   Smart Kids Reptiles  ACTIVITY BOOKS - REPTILES

    The Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)

    • After reading, have students share any new facts that they learned about reptiles. 

    • Finish by having the kids create a fun Arts and Crafts Reptile Activity.
                 ~ Give older children a selection of arts and crafts materials and have
                    them use their knowledge of reptiles and their imaginations to create
                    a reptile (real or imaginary).

               ~ Younger students might enjoy creating a paper craft snake. Here is a
                   Springy Spiral Snake from  DLTK 's website that students will enjoy

                              Click here: Springy Spiral Snake Craft Project from DLTK


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    1 comment:

    1. The spiral snake is great idea. Just found your blog. Following you. Nina



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