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9. Frogs & Friends
10. Case Studies
Wetland Curriculum Resource
Unit 4. Amphibians - Background for Educators
Purpose: To understand classification and to identify simple structural characteristics of vertebrate animals, and to classify wetland species of Ontario and wetland species from around the world.
What you need: 3 activity sheets (included)
What You Do:
Extension: For senior secondary students.
This activity is designed to help demonstrate that organisms can be classified by using different characteristics. Use the attached imaginary organisms and have students work together in groups to organize the different organisms according to shared characteristics. Compare results. Depending on which characteristics (spots, legs, shell, shape) students begin with, each will develop different classification systems, demonstrating our role in determining classification hierarchies.
View the pop-up table (available here if you cannot view pop-up windows), read the characteristic in the left-hand column, and then check off which vertebrate animal the characteristic represents. Some characteristics may apply to more than one animal.
LIFE IN A WETLAND - CLASSIFICATION
ZOO WETLAND SPECIES - CLASSIFICATION
The Toronto Zoo exhibits many species that live in and around the world's wetlands. Some of the species in the Zoo collection are listed in this pop-up table (available here if you cannot view pop-up windows), although not all of them are not always on display. Place their names under the Class to which they belong.
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