Hands on discovery of Reptiles and Amphibians

Hands on discovery how Reptiles and Amphibians are different.   Learn about metamorphosis, slime, scales, and invasive vs native species. Afternoons include poisonous frogs, crocodilians, dinosaurs, and wonders reptiles around the world.

Thursday Field Trip – Peavy Ardoretum Left on Arboretum Road off HWY 99 north of Corvallis.

Objectives: Students will differentiate between different types of amphibians and reptiles and learn why all types of creatures are beneficial and have their place in food webs. Inside look at poisonous frogs and wonders reptiles around the world.

Monday – Amazing Amphibians and metamorphosis

  1. Learn what it takes to get from egg to frog with fun games that let students act out metamorphosis and sequences local frog species development
  2. Frog feet and adaptation investigations with hands on frogs and a close look at feet adaptations
  3. Frog eyes and sticky tongues with an active game of moving meals
  4. Newts and salamanders : Hands on investigations
  5. Salamander Room Habitats and Habitat art projects
  6. Afternoon programs- Discovering the poisonous frogs of the rainforest

 Tuesday –Comparing Amphibians and Reptiles

  1. Active game of slimy/sticky amphibian body parts
  2. Hands on stations discovering, exploring and comparing Herps
  3. Herp relay race – sorting out of species
  4. Preditor prey game with local Amphibians and reptiles (Who eats who)
  5. Afternoon – Prehistoric Amphibians and Reptiles (Dinosaurs)

 Wednesday – Reptiles Wonders and Hands on with Snakes

  1. Sing a song of Reptiles and pretend to be a different reptiles
  2. Skeleton Identification of reptiles match and run races
  3. Hands on with snakes and other local reptiles (Special Guest)
  4. Make a slithering wooden snake
  5. Afternoon – Reptiles to know around the world

 Thursday – Field trip Peavy Arboretum OSU Forest

  1. Habitat Hunting
  2. Camouflage fun and games to not be seen
  3. Finding key temp for cold blooded animals
  4. Where are the resources identifying what Herps need to live.
  5. Investigate play and experience the forest, as we find local species, net for newts, and build habitats.

 Friday: Human Impacts: Amphibians as indicator species

  1. Puppet show by afternoon group.
  2. Frog jumping game, hazards to local frogs (Water kit)
  3. Amphibian Mayhem (Variation of Macroinvertebrate Mayem: Project wet pg. 322) Discuss Indicator species
  4. Slithery and slimy creatures as indicators art project: Have students draw a healthy amphibian/invertebrate habitat on one side and a city on the other side. Then have pictures of highly sensitive creatures and not sensitive creatures. Have them glue on the sensitive or species that are indicators of a healthy environment on the healthy side and species that are very tolerable of pollution or are invasive on the city side. They could also draw their own.
  5.  Invading Bullfrogs: Bull Frog – Tadpole tag game to show the difficulty that Bullfrogs cause for our native frogs.
  6.  Journal page: My favorite slithery and slimy creature and an adaptation that helps it survive.
  7. Afternoon – Learning about Alligators and Crocodiles