Big Ideas: Reptiles and Birds / Mammals
Essential Questions: What defines a reptile? What defines a bird? What defines a mammal?
Vocabulary: reptile, bird, lizards, snakes, turtles, tuataras, pelicans, parrots, herons, mammal, placental, marsupial, monotremes
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
May-June Reptiles and Birds: Formative: Formal Indiana State Core Standards Are Not Available Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List†††
* Introduction (Definition and Evolution) Dissect a turtle to expose tissues and organs for study Student Partipiation and Dialog Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
* Forms and Functions (Temperature, Feeding, Respiration, Circulation, Excretion, Response, Reproduction) Dissect a pigeon to expose tissues and organs for study Study Guide Assignments The Proceeding Are Related State Core Standards Associated with Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
* Groups of Reptiles (Lizards, Snakes, Crocodilians, Turtles/Tortoises, Tuataras) Lab Practicles and/or Projects General Biology That Can Be Applied To This Discipline/Curriculum: Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
* Groups/Types of Birds (Pelicans, Birds of Prey, Parrots, Cavity-Nesting, Perching, Herons, Flightless Birds) Chapter Quizzes Visit: Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Reading / Vocabulary Exam
Vertebrate Chordates: Mammals Core Standards:††
* Introduction (Definition and Evolution) Simulate blubber which helps to explain endothermic characteristics of mammals Summative:
* Forms and Functions (Temperature, Feeding, Respiration, Circulation, Excretion, Response, Reproduction) Compare and contrast different hair follicles from various mammals under the microscope Chapter Exam B.5.6, B.6.3, B.6.4, B.8.1, B.8.2, B.8.5
* Groups of Mammals (Placental Marsupial and Monotremes) Provide visual evidence of the emulsification properties of soap and provide evidence that milk contains fat
View and hypothesis what type of mammal was regurgitated by a raptor in order to study†† Process Standards:
Visit ( for Further Details and Information with Regards to the Curriculum†† skeletal and anatomical features of mammals
[x] SEPS.1 Posing Questions
[x] SEPS.2 Developing and Using Models and Tools
[x] SEPS.3 Constructing and Performing Investigations
[x] SEPS.4 Analyzing and Interpreting Data
[x] SEPS.5 Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
[x] SEPS.6 Constructing Explanations
[x] SEPS.7 Engaging in Argument from Evidence
[x] SEPS.8 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Info
Literacy Standards:
[x] LST.1 Learning Outcomes:
Read and comprehend science and technical texts††
independently and proficiently and write effectively for a variety
of discipline-secific tasks, purposes, and audiences
[x] LST.2 Key Ideas and Textual Support
Extract and construct meaning from science and technical texts††
using a variety of comprehension skills
[x] LST.3 Structural Elements and Organization
Build understanding of science and technical texts, using††
knowledge of structural organization and authorís purpose and††
[x] LST.4 Synthesis and Connection of Ideas
Build understanding of science and technical texts by
synthesizing and connecting ideas and evaluating specific
[x] LST.5 Writing Genres
Write for different purposes and to specific audiences or people
[x] LST.6 The Writing Process
Produce coherent and legible documents by planning, drafting,
revising, editing, and collaborating with others