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Subjects

Science
--Life Sciences
----Biology
----Animals
Social Studies
--Geography

Grade

3-5
6-8

Brief Description

Students explore information about lizards around the world and create a map of their habitats.

Objectives

Students will

  • explore online information about where various species of lizards live;
  • create a world map displaying lizard habitats.

Keywords

Lizard, reptile, native habitats

Materials Needed

  • Internet access
  • access to Lizards
  • lizards teaching master (provided)
  • photos of lizards printed from the Internet
  • large world map, pushpins, string or yarn (for younger students)
  • copies of a world map, pencils or pens (for older students)

Lesson Plan

Invite students to use the Amazilia Lizards list to learn about the native habitats of some lizards. Students can fill in the lizards' habitat information on the lizards teaching master. When that part of the activity is completed, invite students to map the lizards.

For younger students, the mapping activity might be done as a group on a large world map displayed on a classroom bulletin board. Use pushpins to indicate on the map the native habitat for each species. String yarn from each pin to a photo (printed from the Lizard List, if you desire) at the border of the map.

Older students might work individually or in pairs or small groups to create a color key and to color the habitat areas on smaller copies of a world map.

Assessment

Assess students based on their participation in the activity and their answers on the teaching master. Teaching Master Answer Key: Komodo Dragon Lizard, Indonesia; Stump-Toed Gecko Lizard, Hawaii; Dwarf Gecko Lizard, Kenya; Green Iguana Lizard, Mexico; Nile Monitor Lizard, The Gambia; Shingleback Skink Lizard, Australia.

Lesson Plan Source

EducationWorld.com

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

SCIENCE
GRADES K - 4
NS.K-4.3 Life Science
GRADES 5 - 8
NS.5-8.3 Life Science

SOCIAL SCIENCES: Geography
GRADES K - 12
NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions

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