Choose one of the following activities to
turn in at the conclusion of the unit study of vertebrates.
- Watch and record a 60 minute program on
a vertebrate group. Write a
summary of the program, create a worksheet to be answered from the video,
and supply a key for the worksheet answers.
- Create a portfolio of pictures and
descriptions of the most dangerous sharks in
the world. Write a report on sharks to include with your portfolio and tell
what can be done to avoid shark attack and what should be done if an attack
- Research the migration pattern of one of
the following -- gray whale, caribou, Arctic wolf, or a species of bats.
Include a map of the animal's migration route, season when the migration
occurs, and a description of the animal's feeding and mating habits.
- Construct, on poster board, a
phylogenetic tree for a vertebrate group
(fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, or mammal). Include pictures of the
organisms on your tree and write a short paper describe the evolution of
- Construct a scrapbook of 20 pictures of one
mammal order. Pictures may not
be Xeroxed or computer generated! Include the name and a brief description
with each picture.
- Make a three-dimensional collage of one
group of marine vertebrates. The
shape of the collage must illustrate something from the marine environment
or a marine organism. Include a brief description of the marine environment
and organisms you chose for your collage.
- Make a photographic album of pictures of
birds. (Pictures will not be
returned!) Include the common and scientific name & a brief description
of each bird.
- Read the book, Silent Spring,
by Rachel Carson and write a book report.
- Build a model of the digestive tract
of an herbivore such as a
cow. Be sure to include the dentition and an explanation of how this
animal's digestive tract is adapted to its diet.
- Construct a display of the hearts of
these 3 vertebrate groups ---
fish, amphibian, bird or mammal. Use modeling clay to make cross-sections of
the hearts showing chambers and valves. Identify all parts of the hearts on