Hop into Action

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Young scientists find out what makes amphibians such unique and interesting animals in this simple life science lesson plan. After looking at pictures and discussing the characteristics of amphibians, learners complete a series of three Venn diagrams involving the comparison of different animals, before finally using their graphic organizers to write short compare and contrast essays.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include this lesson in an elementary life science unit on the different types of animal life
  • Create information sheets on frogs, toads, salamanders, reptiles, and amphibians that students can read in pairs before filling in their Venn diagrams together
  • For older students, have them research animals' similarities and differences independently or with a partner
Classroom Considerations

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  • Lesson calls for a children's book and/or images of amphibians to be used during the lesson, which will need to be obtained by the teacher
  • Depending on the age and prior knowledge of your students, additional scaffolding may be needed when writing the compare and contrast essays

  • Offers ten quick activities and a few children's books that can be used to teach pre-schoolers about amphibians
  • Ideas are provided for extending learning about amphibians
  • Answer keys are included for each Venn diagram exercise

  • Even though the table of contents lists 20 different lessons, this resource is a single sample lesson taken from the larger collection