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.
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.
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.
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.
Amphibians, Bird, birth, fish, growth, mammals, parental care, reptiles, reproduction, characteristics, senses, adaptation