Reptilia Elementary School Programs

Dynamic curriculum approved elementary school programs!

Reptilia has custom-written curriculums guided by the applicable education department overseeing the elementary science curriculum and approved by the school boards for which we teach. We use a multidisciplinary approach incorporating the concepts and guidelines set forth in the Science and Technology curriculum.

In doing so, we teach students how these strands of science and technology relate to each other and the ways in which their new found knowledge can be applied to the world outside the classroom. The dynamic and captivating reptiles and amphibians we bring to your classroom will increase your students’ interest in learning, thereby increasing the richness of their educational experience.

The educational programs that Reptilia will provide for your students are tightly linked to the Science and Technology curriculum. Our presentations introduce and reinforce the concepts that students are learning in class. As with all other educational programs provided by Reptilia, programs for elementary schools are directly linked to the Ontario curriculum.

Please click on the links below to learn more about our programs for students in grades 1-7 and you will see how Reptilia can provide a curriculum-compliant learning experience for students in your class. In addition to specific curriculum-based topics, we can also provide age or grade level appropriate lessons, combining aspects of our other lessons for mixed classes or general presentations. Just ask us!

For more information and booking please contact us:

Email: bookings@reptilia.org
Phone: 905-303-2516

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Elementary School Curriculum

The Characteristics of Living Things: How Do We Know It’s Alive?
Students learn about the characteristics of all living things. Specifically, that living things move, reproduce, consume energy, grow, and die. We explore these characteristics of life and the variation in these characteristics. For example, students learn about the many ways that animals move through their environment.

Student Expectations: Describe the characteristics of all living things; understand the differences between living and non-living things; demonstrate an understanding of the differences between the five vertebrate classes (fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds).

Key Concepts/Words:
Energy, food, growth, life cycle, movement, reproduction

Diversity… We Are All Different, Yet the Same
We may all look different, eat different foods, and even behave differently, but in the end, we are all people. Reptiles are no different. They may look different, eat different things, and even behave differently, but in many ways, they are just like us. This lesson explores diversity and the great variation we see in the world around us, while focusing on the things that we all have in common.

Student Expectations: Describe the ways in which several reptiles differ from each other as well as the ways in which they are similar to each other and to us. Understand the needs of all living things; understand that these are also human needs; encourage empathy and respect for all living creatures, human and non-human.

Key Concepts/Words:
Diversity, differences, similarities, animals, characteristics, empathy, stewardship, vertebrates, diet

Colors and Textures
We all know that snakes are scaly and not slimy, but did you know that they still all feel different? In this presentation, the children will experience a range of textures and colors, exploring the diversity of reptiles in a tactile way.

Student Expectations: Experience and describe a range of tactile sensations and textures, identify and compare naturally occurring colors, and explore diversity within a single group, emphasizing both similarities and differences.

Key Concepts/Words:
Diversity, differences, similarities, colors, texture, rough, smooth, bumpy, hard, soft, senses

Using the Senses to Learn About Senses!
This lesson focuses on the five senses and how they help animals, including people, survive. Students learn about the fascinating variation in sensory abilities of different types of animals and they begin to learn about how senses are needed for survival. Best of all, students use their senses of sight, smell, touch, and hearing to learn about the animals we bring to your classroom (however, we hope none of the students taste the animals!)

Student Expectations: Describe the five senses and the organs associated with them; illustrate the variation in the sensory abilities of animals; explain that senses are needed for survival.

Key Concepts/Words:
Senses, sense organs, sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing

Grade 1 Life Systems: Characteristics and Needs of Living Things

The Characteristics of Living Things: How Do We Know It’s Alive?
Students learn about the characteristics of all living things. Specifically, that living things move, reproduce, consume energy, grow, and die. We explore these characteristics of life and the variation in these characteristics. For example, students learn about the many ways that animals move through their environment.

Student Expectations: Describe the characteristics of all living things; understand the differences between living and non-living things; demonstrate an understanding of the differences between the five vertebrate classes (fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds).

Key Concepts/Words:
Energy, food, growth, life cycle, movement, reproduction

Exploring the Needs of Living Things
This lesson focuses on the basic necessities of life: energy, water, shelter/space, and air. Students learn how animals meet these needs in their environment and how changes to the environments affect the survival of animals.

Student Expectations: Describe the needs of all living things; understand that these are also human needs; demonstrate the similarities between the necessities for good health in humans and in animals.

Key Concepts/Words:
Air, diet, energy, food, growth, pollution, senses, shelter/space, water

Grade 2 Life Systems: Diversity, Growth, and Changes in Animals

Ultimate Survivors: How Animals Adapt to Changes in Their Environment
The world can be a tough place to live in. All organisms must be able to respond and adapt to changes in their environment. Many species have specialized features and adaptations that help them to meet their needs. Animals respond to changes in temperature, water availability, food availability and more. Students learn how different vertebrates respond and adapt to these seasonal changes as well as how different characteristics help various vertebrates survive and even thrive in their environments.

Student Expectations: Describe the factors that change in an environment; explore the variety of ways animals respond and adapt to environmental change; demonstrate an understanding of the underlying reason for the differences in the response of different types of vertebrates to changes in the environment.

Key Concepts/Words:
Amphibians, birds, ectothermic/endothermic, fish, food, mammals, reptiles, temperature, water, adaptation, seasons, migration

Life Goes On… and On: Animal Life Cycles – Birth, Growth, Reproduction, and Parental Care
Just as there is variation in the appearance of vertebrates, there is variation in the life cycles of vertebrates. This lesson focuses on the life cycles of vertebrates and introduces students to the many different ways animals are born, grow, reproduce, and care for their young.

Student Expectations: Identify the stages of a life cycle; identify variation in life cycles of different animals; discuss differences in the way animals care for their young.

Key Concepts/Words:
Amphibians, bird, birth, fish, growth, mammals, parental care, reptiles, reproduction

Vertebrate Variety: Exploring the Characteristics of Vertebrates
Students learn all about the five classes of vertebrates and compare their characteristics. Reptilia’s staff describe the physical characteristics, behavioral characteristics, and life cycle characteristics of reptiles and amphibians and compare them to birds, mammals, and fish.

Student Expectations: Describe the characteristics of all five classes of vertebrates; understand the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate; demonstrate an understanding of the differences between the five vertebrate classes.

Key Concepts/Words:
Amphibians, birds, ectothermic/endothermic, fish, life cycle, mammals, reproduction, reptiles, vertebrates

The World Around Us: Living and Surviving
This lesson combines the other three lessons, touching on how various vertebrates live and survive in their environment, using their senses and other adaptations to find food, avoid predators, and meet their needs, as well as looking at how their life cycles suit their lifestyles.

Student Expectations: Explore the variety of ways animals respond and adapt to environmental change; demonstrate an understanding of the underlying reason for the differences in the response of different types of vertebrates to changes in the environment, and recognize the characteristics of the major vertebrate groups.

Key Concepts/Words:
Amphibians, Bird, birth, fish, growth, mammals, parental care, reptiles, reproduction, characteristics, senses, adaptation

Grade 3 Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Plants

Plant & Animal Interactions
The natural world is a strange and wonderful place where all living things are intricately linked to each other. The interaction and interdependence between plants and animals is an excellent way to introduce the concept of interconnectedness to students. This lesson helps students to identify the similarities between plants and animals and it introduces them to the interactions between these two types of organisms.

Student Expectations: Identify the similarities between plants and animals; identify differences between plants and animals; discuss interactions between plants and animals.

Key Concepts/Words:
Energy, food, interaction, growth, life cycle, movement, pollination, reproduction

Grade 4 Life Systems: Habitats and Communities

Adaptations: The Intricate Link Between Organisms and Their Habitat
All organisms face the challenge of obtaining enough energy and water to survive; avoiding predators; and getting enough air. These are the primary challenges organisms face, which is why adaptations usually help animals cope with one of these challenges. This lesson focuses on adaptations and the relationship between an organism and its habitat.

Student Expectations: Identify the basic elements essential for survival in any habitat; understand the variation in the availability of these elements in different habitat types; understand the many ways in which animals cope with the challenges in their habitat.

Key Concepts/Words:
Air, adaptation, community, competition, energy, food web, interaction, predator, prey, space, shelter, water

Humans and Habitats: What Is Our Role?
Human activities have an effect on the environment. Our day-to-day activities affect the air we breathe, the water we need to drink, and organisms we depend on for survival. This lesson focuses on humans the interrelationship between our activities and habitats.

Student Expectations: Demonstrate an understanding that humans alter and change habitats; understand that changes are both positive and negative; identify ways in which we depend on organisms in our environment; demonstrate an understanding of what humans do to protect habitats.

Key Concepts/Words:
Air, conservation, endangered, energy, extinct, food web, habitat loss, interaction, pollution, water

Habitats and Communities: The Essentials
The diversity of animals and habitats in which they live is astounding. Students learn about the essential elements of any habitat and they begin to understand the interactions between organisms within habitats. The concept of food chains is introduced and discussed.

Student Expectations: Identify the basic elements essential for survival in any habitat; understand the variation in the availability of these elements in different habitat types; demonstrate an understanding of the term community and the interactions that occur within a community of organisms.

Key Concepts/Words:
Air, community, competition, energy, food web, interaction, niche, predator, prey, space, shelter, water

Grade 5 Life Systems: Organ Systems

Organ Organization and Integration
How do the organs of other organisms work compared to ours? How are organ systems integrated to perform as one unit to sustain life? These are some of the questions explored in this lesson. Our lesson is a tour of the organ systems found in all terrestrial vertebrates highlighting variation in the structure and function of the major organs and systems. Students gain a better understanding of the way these systems work together.

Student Expectations: Demonstrates an understanding of the function of the five major organ systems; investigate the role of each organ within the systems; explore the variation in organ systems in different animals.

Key Concepts/Words:
Circulatory system, digestive system, muscular system, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, food, respiratory system, system integration

Grade 6 Life Systems: Diversity Of Living Things

Classic Classification: How We Organize The Living World
Scientists classify organisms according to a specific guideline established by Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish biologist who lived in the 1700’s. This classification system is used to organize species into workable groups of living things that are similar in many ways. This lesson focuses on biodiversity, the methods of classification and the characteristics of animals in the five vertebrate classes.

Student Expectations: Demonstrates an understanding of scientific classification; identify characteristics suitable for use in scientific classification; identify and classify animals from the five vertebrate classes; understand the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates.

Key Concepts/Words:
Amphibians, birds, characteristics, classification, ectothermic, endothermic, fish, fossil, invertebrate, mammals, reptiles, vertebrate

Grade 7 & 8 Life Systems: Community Interactions

Ecological Essentials: The Delicate Balance
The diversity of animals and ecosystems in which they live is astounding; however, the basic elements of these ecosystems remain the same and the natural laws that dictate the interactions within the system are predictable. This lesson focuses on the basic concept of ecology and introduces students to the idea of ecological interactions.

Student Expectations: Identify the basic elements of an ecosystem; understand the interactions that occur within an ecosystem; demonstrate an understanding of the terms community, population, abiotic, and biotic.

Key Concepts/Words:
Abiotic, biotic, community, competition, energy, food web, niche, population, predator, prey, space, shelter, water

Humans and Ecosystems: How Do We Fit In?
Humans do not operate outside the laws of nature. The laws that govern ecological processes apply to our activities. This lesson focuses on the links between our actions and the health of ecosystems. Students apply their basic knowledge of ecosystems to better understand the role of the human population in ecological processes.

Student Expectations: Demonstrate an understanding that humans alter and change ecosystems; understand that changes are both positive and negative; identify ways in which we depend on ecosystems; demonstrate an understanding of what humans do to protect ecosystems.

Key Concepts/Words:
Air, conservation, endangered, ecosystems, energy, extinction, food web, habitat loss, interaction, pollution, technology, water

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Minimum 20 Students | $205 + Tax
Additional Students: $10.25 +Tax/Student


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ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE

  • A 30-minute zoo tour for your entire class
  • An exclusive live 60-minute curriculum-based, interactive lesson

* If your class requires accommodations due to special needs please contact us, and we’ll be more than happy to guide you through our modified curriculum and options.

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Maximum 30 Children | From $225 + Tax
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2 x 60 minute Lessons: $320
3 x 60 minute Lessons: $410
4 x 60 minute Lessons: $495
5 x 60 minute Lessons: $575

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  • An exclusive live 60-minute interactive lesson
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