Science Objectives: The student will be able to list the four different types of germs and how they can be useful or harmful.. The student will discuss the why, when, and how of hand-washing and how this one skill is paramount to maintaining a healthy body. The student will learn how to make several tools that are often used to ensure germs do not spread from person to person.
How Your Immune System Works:
Meet Chloe and Nurb! When you get sick, your immune system comes to the rescue. Find out more in this movie for kids.
Mini-lesson – How does hand sanitize kill germs?___________________________________________________________________________
- Living things can be sorted into groups in many ways.
- Animals are grouped, or classified, by similar characteristics.
Science: How do Scientists classify living things/organisms?
Monday Biology students, K-6, have been learning about the classification of all living things. We have started with single-celled organisms and progressed to simple, multicellular living things, and living things classified as invertebrates. The week before our Spring Break, we explored the living creatures in the phylum arthropoda.
The next few weeks, we will be looking at living things in the kingdom animalia that are vertebrates. We will be exploring the 5 most well known classes of vertebrates: mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians. Next week, we will explore vertebrates in the class reptilian and list their main characteristics. I will have a live Zoom “conference” with a few of the reptiles that live at my house!
In this Mystery, students examine how scientists organize animals into groups based on their characteristics. In the activity, Animals Sorting Game, students study animal traits and use these traits to sort animal cards into mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. Students are then challenged to make decisions about animals that don’t fall neatly into any of those categories.
Activity 2 (Geared toward younger students)
Listen to the story Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo by Karma Wilson
Animal Classification: Many different kinds of animals live at the zoo (ask your student to list all the animals he remembers from the book). You may want to write down the animals your student remembers. Ask him to group them in different ways (animals that can fly vs. animals that can’t; animals with two legs vs. animals with four; animals who live in water vs. animals who live on land; etc.) Tell your student that scientists have grouped animals in a special way; they’ve grouped animals based on their similarities and differences. One of these groups in the Animal Kingdom is called vertebrates. Within the classification vertebrates (animals with backbones), there are five different categories: Mammal, Reptile, Bird, Amphibian, and Fish.
K-2 Click to download a lapbook! Write in characteristics for each category that you remember from the video. We will continue adding characteristics as we learn more about each category.
Animals are classified into different groups based on their characteristics. Invertebrates are animals that do not have a spine, or backbone. Vertebrates are animals that do! Vertebrates are further classified into fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Come and learn what makes animals a part of these groups in this fun, kid-friendly
3-6=Download Lapbook: Write in characteristics for each category. We will continue to add characteristics as we learn more about each category.
Here’s an extra link for those that want to dig deeper!
Live Lesson with Mrs. Cecil and Mrs. Haker
Lesson Three: Reptiles
Students will be able to:
- Identify the main characteristics of reptiles
- Name and describe the four main categories of reptiles — lizards, snakes, turtles/tortoises, and crocodiles.
- Distinguish reptiles from other vertebrates
All About Reptiles– Read more about reptile characteristics and facts.
Video: Reptiles (provided by BrainPop)
Smithsonian National Zoo Reptile Discovery Center (Geared toward older students but great collection of information)
Take a trip to the Reptile Discovery Center, virtually of course! Here you’ll find awesome images, fact sheets and conservation information for over 70 reptiles and amphibians.
Ever wondered what a reptile egg feels like? Take a crack at this experiment and let us know what you discovered during next week’s Zoom class.
This link provides you with directions on how to make an easy and really cute CD animal that you can hang up in your room or garden. Try making your own turtle or get creative and show us your reptile creation during our next Zoom class.