Saturday, July 2, 2011

What are Amphibians?

Amphibians 

  • are vertebrates (have a backbone)
  • are cold -blooded
  • live partly on land and partly in the water
  • hatch from eggs




Ideas and Suggestions

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

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

  • Have students brainstorm a list of animals that fit these characteristics.             
               ~  frogs
             ~  toads
             ~  salamanders
             ~  newts    


Frog




Toad


Salamander



Newts

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



Do You Know About Amphibians? (Lightning Bolt Books - Meet the Animal Groups)   Books4Learning has a wonderful review of this book. You can read it here.



What is an Amphibian? (The Science of Living Things)  What is an Amphibian?  What Is an Amphibian (Animal Kingdom)

        
 Frogs and Other Amphibians (What Kind of Animal Is It?)     Amphibian (DK Eyewitness Books)     About Amphibians: A Guide for Children


Reptiles and Amphibians (Peterson Field Guide Color-In Books)
Coloring Book
Reptiles and Amphibians Coloring Book (Colouring Books)
Coloring Book
          
  • After reading, have students share any new facts that they learned about amphibians.

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