This complete unit is a collection of my ANIMAL DIVERSITY resources
found in my LIFE SCIENCE CURRICULUM - THE COMPLETE COURSE ~ 5E MODEL
and is now being offered as an individual unit for purchase.
– If you have purchased Nitty Gritty Science Bundles in the past, resources from this unit may be included. If so, please use the links above to add only what you need to complete your Animal Diversity Unit or to see a preview of each resource.
This Animal Diversity Unit covers the following:
• Introduction to Animals
• Animal Behavior
• Sponges, Cnidarians and Worms
• Mollusks, Arthropods and Echinoderms
• Intro to Vertebrates: Fish and Amphibians
• Reptiles and Birds
The unit incorporates instructional strategies that give students the ability to master this scientific topic
and allows them to:
• Explain what characteristics all animals share
• Describe essential functions that animals carry out
• List types of body plans and symmetry
• Explain how cell division occurs – zygote, blastula, gastrula, endoderm, ectoderm and mesoderm
• Identify three main groups of cnidarians and the two body plans of the life cycle – polyp and medusa
• Compare and contrast between flatworms, round worms and segmented worms
• Explain defining features of mollusks
• Define the three main classes of mollusks – gastropod, bivalve, cephalopod
• Recognize distinguishing features of the three major groups of arthropods – crustaceans, spiders (and relatives) and insects
• Differentiate between complete metamorphosis and incomplete metamorphosis
• Explain basic characteristics of fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals
• Describe how fish are adapted for life in water
• List three main groups of fish – jawless fish, cartilaginous fish, bony fish
• Explain how amphibians and reptiles are adapted for life on land
• Describe how an amniotic egg protects embryos
• Describe how birds are adapted for flight
• Compare circulation systems of fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds
• Distinguish characteristics that make mammals different than other animals
Nitty Gritty Science Units are based on the 5 E MODEL
and include the following resources:
• TEACHER-LED DEMO
that promotes inquiry, illuminates key concepts and, most importantly, leads to heightened curiosity.
• GUIDED INQUIRY LAB
that uses processes that are referred to as inquiry process skills
which include observing, predicting, classifying, measuring, inferring, controlling variables, manipulating materials, interpreting data and experimenting.
• SCIENCE INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS
use creative activities to motivate students to process information and demonstrate critical thinking.
• EDITABLE NOTES AND POWERPOINTS
prepared by Nitty Gritty Science save you time and help you with presenting a successful lecture. The notes
serve to guide students through the teacher’s presentation and are editable
so you, as the teacher, can adjust the information you want the students to fill in. The editable PowerPoint
helps the teacher present the content in an orderly fashion using visual aids to enhance the presentation.
• SCIENCE STATIONS
provide an engaging way for students to extend their knowledge and skills by working independently of the teacher
in small groups or pairs.
• TASK CARDS
are a collection of review cards to be used for review, such as game-style review, group review, one-on-one tutoring, bell ringers, exit slips, the list goes on.
• CHAPTER TESTS
prepared by Nitty Gritty Science use a variety of item formats that help assess different levels of student thinking and skills.
The items used in the tests include multiple-choice, completion, interpreting diagrams and essays. However, if more would like to be added, all tests are editable.
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