I think an amphibians and reptiles unit is one of the most fun science lessons with little guys because it’s so easy to become a field trip. You just load up and head to the nearest pet store and spend a long time watching the snakes and turtles climb around. A perfect field trip if studying zoology.
That is my number one suggestion for learning about reptiles and amphibians. Head down to your pet store and watch them. Watch the turtles dive into the water. Watch the snakes seem to climb the walls of their cage. Watch the frogs hide under logs and rocks. Observe. That is one of the best gifts you can give your kids the act of observation.
Start off with a fun exploration of snakes with this snake unit, try slithering like a snake and explore how they grow. Follow this up with a study of rattlesnakes which are a common feature in stories here in Texas.
We haven’t really done super a lot with amphibians for whatever reason. We find the occasional toad in our yard and my kids happily chase them, but that’s about it. We do however have a great craft on the difference between frogs and toads.
(I’m including dinosaurs because they are *technically,* according to what I’ve read, a reptile), so here’s a few dinosaur ideas:
- Danny and the Dinosaur unit
- Study a dinosaur gizzard (I suppose this post can also be in Thursday’s post: birds unit).
- Dinosaur Dig
For all of the posts in this series head on over to Zoology for Kids.
For a great series of posts written by some other awesome homeschooling Moms (including about 3 more series on science) head on over to Summer Hopscotch 2014