Unit 8: Vertebrates

February 12 to March 6, 2009

Unit Resources

text book

websites

objectives

Overview:  Vertebrates...animals with backbones!  Although there is a wide variety of vertebrates, the subgroups are quite similar in structure. This unit covers the fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. We'll look at the relationship between an animal's physiology, behavior, and environment. The animal world has some amazing solutions to the challenges of staying alive. As the trimester project, students will work in teams on board games that teach about an animal group -- it is a great exercise in research, product design, testing, and a fun week of playing games too!

Day

Date

Today's Topics and Activities

Assignment
 Resources

1
Thursday
2/12
Unit Overview
-features of chordates
-Shape of Life:  Bones, Brain, and Brawn

none

 BrainPop on Vertebrates


Friday
2/13
Mid-year celebration
Have a good vacation  

2
Monday
2/23
Animal Board Game (day 1)
-overview and step 1A
-Bill on Fish

Board Game phase 1B
groups & topics

 

3
Tuesday
2/24
Animal Board Game (day 2)
-try to complete phase 1 (steps 1C, 1D)
-finish Bill on Fish


 

4

Wednesday
2/25
Animal Board Game (day 3)
-work on all of phase 2


 
 
5
Thursday
2/26
Board Game
phase 3


 

6


Friday
2/2

Board Game
phase 3


 

7
Monday
3/2
Board Game
phase 4


 

8
Tuesday
3/3
Board Game
-play day #1 (round 1 and 2)
-get suggestions and plan upgrades

 

 

9
Wednesday
3/4
Board Game
-play day #2 (round 3 and 4)
-get suggestions and plan upgrades


 

10
Thursday
3/5
Board Game
-play day #3 (round 5, 6, and 7)
-get suggestions and plan upgrades


 

11
Friday
3/6
Board Game
-turn in with guide, sources, biblio
-Amphibian video and worksheet (=[3])


 
 12
 Monday
3/9   
 Reptiles
-Bobcat 451-460 and worksheet (=[4])
-Bill on reptiles
  
 13 Tuesday
3/10
 Birds
-Bill on Birds
-Flight experiments
  
 14 Wednesday
3/11
 Mammals
-Bobcat pages and either my questions or workbook pages
-Bobcat on Mammals
  
 15 ThursdayMammals
-Bill video and 5  questions
  

Unused:

Bobcat on Mammals

Amphibians (day 1)
-challenges/limitations of living on land
-David Attenborough on Amphibians

Preliminary research for
Board Game

Optional XC Project
[] Design-A-Creature


Board Game

Board Game
phase 2


Board Game
phase 4

Board Game
grading criteria

Mammals
-mammal characteristics
-endothermic and ectothermic

[]
Mammal Orders

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