Vertebrates Lesson Plans
Owl Pellets Student Handout
Owl pellets can be used to teach a part of the natural food chain. They can also be used to teach skeletal structure of rodents. Owl pellets are compact undigested parts which the owl eats. The owl regurgitates these compact pellets which contain fur, bones, etc. of small rodents. Dry pellets will not smell or be unpleasant for students to handle.
Published by High School
Coral Reef Detectives: “Who Done It?” Lesson Plan
Alternative Lesson Plan
Students try to solve a mystery of the disappearing seahorse babies. Student learn about the suspects: tilapia, lionfish and turtle. Then students will fill out a chart about the suspects that will give clues about who had the seahorse babies for supper. At the end, students share their finding and vote to determine who was the guilty party. This webquest is a modified version of the forest animal mystery, which is listed as the second lesson plan.
Published by Diane Findlay Elementary School
Experience Deep Time & Earliest Fossils Lesson Plan
Students gradually build a realistic sense of deep, geological time from familiar linear analogs, e.g. calendars and football fields. Students also learn to associate the earliest fossils of specific groups of vertebrates with the geologic time of their emergence, on the now-familiar scale of relative distances from their school. From this, students discover the pattern of gradual vertebrate emergence and how well it consistently fits vertebrate phylogeny.
Published by Larry Flammer High School
More Vertebrates lesson plans are in the works.