Animal Adaptations: Amphibians    

By Katie Golin & Angela Kanerva

2 week unit worth 100 points 

C Layer Choices (10 points each)

1.  Amphibian Flashcards:  Make flashcards for the following words, memorize them and get quizzed by the teacher:  Amphibian, Lungs, complete metamorphosis, tadpoles, tail-less, tail, vertebrate, cold-blooded, gills, swamp, pond.

2. Frog Life Cycle: Draw out the life cycle of the frog. Label each part and identify its special features. (see textbookpages 76-79 for help)

3.  Amphibian Big Book: Write a simple non-fiction writing piece about an amphibian that you choose.

4. Amphibian Food Chain:  Cut out pictures of animals of a food chain.  Paste them to a paper.  Label their names and if they are a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.  Use arrows to show who eats who. (1 point/picture correctly labeled)

5.  Textbook: Read pages 76-79 and Answer Questions 1-4 and Think!

6.  Amphibian Name Poem:  Write a name poem using the name of an amphibian  Include facts about the amphibian in the poem.

7. Venn Diagram:  Create a Venn Diagram of two amphibians.  You must include at least the following information in the Venn Diagram: length, weight, diet, habitat, predators, prey, and 2 interesting facts.

8. Video and Questions: Watch the video on amphibians and answer the question sheet.

9.  Amphibian (Computer Lab) Data Collection Sheet: Visit the computer lab and compete the Amphibian Data Collection Sheet.  You may use this information to help you with other choices.

10.  List 10 amphibians at least one adaptation for each, then identify whether that adaptation is a body part, body covering or action that helps it to survive. 

B Layer Choices (15 points each)

1.  Visit a classroom with a children's fact book you wrote about amphibians: Make a picture book explaining the two different kinds of amphibians there are and use all of the vocabulary from Almphibian Flashcards. Write an illustrate a fact book about amphibians for any grade Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

2.  Make a graphy amphibian poster using 15-30 pictures of amphibians.  Organize your data and make a graph.

3.  Amphibian Observation: Find a frog or toad in your backyard.  Take pictures and watch it.  What does it do when it sees you?  Does the frog think you are predator or prey?  When do frogs like to come out? Think of 5-10 questions like these that you are curious about.  Write them down and answer them.  Share your information with the class.

4.  Visit a pet store.  How many frogs, toads and newts does the pet store have?  Describe both kinds of amphibians (with tails and without tails) and identify their body covering, body parts and actions that help that amphibian to survive. 

A Layer Choices (20 points each)

1.How does the destruction of the rainforest effect amphibians?

*You will need to check out a book or two from the library or get on line to gather your information.  Include information about the rainforests of the world that have amphibians.  Identify predators and prey of amphibians in the rainforest.  Include a small map of the world showing where rainforests are located.  Give your opinion on what should be done or not done to help the amphibian population.

2.  Is it better to have frogs, toads or newts as pets?

*Find three resources on the lives of frogs, toads and newts.  Write about the two different types of amphibians (found in your textbook page 76-79) including what you learned from your C layer vocabulary.  What helps an amphibian adapt to its environment?  What kinds of environments do amphibians need?  Is one type of environment better than another?  What kinds of information including foods, shelter, and adaptations will help an amphibian survive?