Vertebrates and Their Adaptations for Survival
This is a multi-part program that is generally scheduled over a 4-week period. The first three parts are scheduled at the school and the fourth part is scheduled at the Zoo. School programs can be presented in the classroom or media center but NOT in the school cafeteria because of the live animals. Some programs involve a PowerPoint presentation, so please try to schedule us in a room that can be darkened. Also, if we are repeating the program, our docents really appreciate it if they do not have to pack everything up and move from one classroom to another.
By completion of this program, students will understand the concept of animal classification, will recognize the unique characteristics of each vertebrate class (except fish), will be able to identify different habitats, and will be able to determine what an animal eats and whether it is predator or prey by looking at a variety of morphological and behavioral adaptations. Each program uses live animals and biofacts to emphasize the unique characteristics of one or more vertebrate classes, and to examine their habitats and adaptations for survival. The programs develop students’ vocabulary and challenge their observation skills and their ability to make comparison and deductions.
Week 1: Herps (Reptiles and Amphibians)
Week 2: Birds
Week 3: Mammals
Week 4: Food Chains and a culminating Zoo tour.