Animal Adaptations: Reptiles

By Katie Golin & Angela Kanerva

2 week unit worth 100 points 

C Layer Choices (10 points each)

1. Reptile Words: Make flashcards for the following words.  Memorize them and get quizzed by the teacher. Cold-blooded, extinct, herpetologist, viper, shell, vertebrate, mimicry, reptile, camouflage, ecosystem.

2. No Arms or Legs As you read, fill in the correct words that fit each space.

3. Reptile Food Chain Worksheet done in class

4.  Snake Safari National Geographic: List an adaptation of each of these snakes, that it uses to help it survive, King Cobra, Rattlesnakes, Boa Constrictor, Coral Snake. Write out the definitions to the bold printed words: cold-blooded, extinct, herpetologist, pit viper.

5.  Reptile Big Book: Write a simple non-fiction writing piece about an reptile that you choose.

6.  Textbook: Read pages 80-83 and Answer Questions 1-3 and Think!

7.  Reptile Register Worksheet : Complete using the textbook pgs 80-83

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

9. Reptile Name Poem: Write a name poem using facts about that reptile.

10. Reptile Data Collection sheet: Done in the Computer Lab.

11.  Roll a Reptile: Complete the cube net with facts about a reptile. Play the game Roll a Reptile with a buddy.

12.  Mimicry: Worksheet done in class. 

B Layer Choices (15 points each)

1. Buddy Read with a fact book you write about reptiles.  Write a children's book that has 15 really good facts about reptiles.  Remember to include basic reptile facts, flashcard words and identify the three groups of reptiles.

2.  Make a graphy Reptile poster.  FInd 15 -20 fifferent reptile pictures.  Organize them and create a graph to display your data.

3.  Reptile Diorama:  Create a shoe-box style diorama of a specific reptile and its environment.  Write a notecard with information about you reptile, adaptations and the ecosystem it survives in.  Include its predators and its prey in the diorama.

4.  Reptiles in the news:  Find a newspaper article that includes a reptile.   Answer the following questions: Where did you find your article?  Date?  What was the story about?  Was the reptile in danger?  Who solves the problem?  What was your favorite part of the article?

5.  Food Web Poster: Make a food web that includes at least 2 reptiles. IDentify each animal and whether it is a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. 

A Layer Choices (20 points each)

1. Should alligators be removed from land that can be occupied by humans?  Reseach areas that have alligators in the United States or the World.  What are the two sides of the issue?  What is your opinion?  Are there other solutions to the problem? Usuing a world map, color in areas where alligators are found in the world.

2.  Time for Kids: Heros for the Planet Sea Turtles in Indonesia.  Read the article.  What are the two sides of the issue?  What is the problem? What are answers to the problem?  What is your opinion?  Is this a problem world-wide or only in this country?

3. Why are many people afraid of snakes?  Should people be afraid of snakes?  Read the National Geographic article.  What are the pros and cons of interacting with snakes?  Should people have snakes as pets?  What kinds of snake would it be better to have? Do a simple pole of 10-15 people asking if they are afraid of snakes and report your data on a graph.