You may want to use the resources from part one of this lesson to discuss vertebrate characteristics.
Divide the students into two equal teams and have the teams line up, facing each other, on opposite sides of a big open space (i.e. field or gym). The teams should be about 50 feet apart. Have the students count off on each team and remember their numbers.
Line up the cutouts of the vertebrates that were made earlier in the center of the field between the two teams. Explain that you will read a statement from the vertebrate clues worksheet that describes one or more vertebrate groups. The students must listen carefully and try to figure out which vertebrate group or groups you are describing.
When you call out a number, the student from each team with that number must run to the center of the field and find the cutout of the that vertebrate group. Then that student must run back to his/her team before being tagged. When one team member grabs the cutout, the other team member may chase and try to tag him/her in order to score a point. Some questions have more than one answer so each team can score two points if each grabs a correct cutout.
At the end of each round, return the cutouts to center of the field.
Grabbing the correct cutout and getting home is +2.
Grabbing the incorrect cutout and getting home is -2 .
Grabbing the correct cutout and getting tagged is + 1.
Grabbing the incorrect cutout and getting tagged is - 1
A possible extension to this activity would be to have students a comparison/contrast discussion, mobile, or paper on the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates.
Give the “Vertebrate Clues” worksheet to the students as a test. Have students respond to the key objectives given at beginning of activity: (1) define vertebrate, (2) describe four characteristics that distinguish mammals from other vertebrates, (3) describe several characteristics of two other kinds of vertebrates. Each student could make their own “vertebrate mobile” with the different groups of vertebrates and text explaining their unique characteristics.
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