Reptile Renovators

Time Required: Three 45-60 minute sessions
Skill Level: Intermediate
Recommended Grades: 3rd to 5th

Students will work together in small groups to match up various physical descriptors from 4 different reptiles to design a new species of reptile and predict its viability within a selected ecosystem.

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Knowledge

Students have
  • learned about the following ecosystems: freshwater, grasslands, rainforest and desert.

  • learned about the main characteristics of reptiles, e.g., four-legged vertebrate, lay eggs, are covered in scales, are cold blooded, breathe with lungs.

  • had experience using the 3Doodler.

Objectives

Students will
  • design a new species of reptile based on descriptors of 4 different reptiles, i.e. American Alligator, chameleon, Galapagos Tortoise and Komodo Dragon.

  • use the 3Doodler to create a model of this new species of reptile.

Materials

Students will need
  • 3Doodler (1 per group)

  • pencils (3-4 per group)

  • scrap paper (1 per group)

  • white copy paper (1 per group)

  • Reptile Renovators student worksheet (1 per group)

  • Reptile Renovators teacher worksheet (1 for teacher)

Lesson Plan

Instructions

Step 1

Whole group: Visit the National Geographic website to review the selected 4 types of reptiles: American Alligator, chameleon, Galapagos Tortoise and Komodo Dragon. (See Resources for links.)

Step 2

Discuss each of these reptile’s unique physical characteristics and their effect on the reptile in its ecosystem, e.g., rainforest, desert, freshwater or grasslands.

Step 3

Project the Reptile Renovator worksheet on your computer screen to share with the class. Review each of the 4 descriptors under head, legs, body, tails and color/camouflage. Divide students into groups of 3-4 and determine which reptile each descriptor relates to, i.e., American Alligator, chameleon, Galapagos Tortoise or Komodo Dragon.

Step 4

Explain the goal: Students will engineer a new species of reptile using selected body parts from different reptiles.

Step 5

Model how to select a novel combination of reptile head, legs, body, tail and camouflage from the Reptile Renovator worksheet. Circle your choices. Students should include 3-4 different reptile’s parts into one new species of reptile. Example: An American Alligator head, Galapagos Tortoise body, Komodo Dragon legs and chameleon tail.

Step 6

Sketch a model which incorporates all of these physical features.

Step 7

Demonstrate how to use the 3Doodler to create a model of your new species of reptile. Students may create stencils for each body part using white copy paper and assemble them by welding.

Step 8

Based on descriptors of each selected body part, students will determine an ecosystem for their reptile and answer the questions on the Reptile Renovator worksheet.

Step 9

Students will determine a format for presenting their design and responses to their group, e.g., stop-motion animation, website, iMovie or Flipgrid
*See Reptile Renovator worksheet.

Wrap Up

Students will share their designs, model and presentation with the class. Share on Twitter #3DoodlerEDU

Assessment

Review student’s designs, models and presentations to determine their level of understanding.

Possible Extensions

  • Students will explore invasive and noninvasive species within an ecosystem, classify their reptile as “invasive” or “noninvasive” and 3Doodle to illustrate its effect on its ecosystem.

Vocabulary

  • reptile - a vertebrate animal of a class that includes snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises. They are distinguished by having a dry scaly skin and typically laying soft-shelled eggs on land.

Educational Standards

Common Core
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.7

Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

In This Lesson

Students will research information about reptiles and the physical characteristics which make them suitable to a particular ecosystem.

Common Core
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.9

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

In This Lesson

Students will base the design of their new species of reptile upon researched information on 4 different reptiles.

Common Core
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

In This Lesson

Students will answer questions about their reptile based on researched information about selected ecosystems and reptiles. Students will produce and share their research as a scripted presentation.

Next Gen Science
3-LS4-4

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.*

In This Lesson

Students will make inferences about their reptile's viability in a selected ecosystem based on research of physical characteristics and ecosystem.

Next Gen Science
3-LS4-3

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

In This Lesson

Students will make inferences about their reptile's viability in a selected ecosystem based on research of physical characteristics and ecosystem.

CS Teachers
1A-A-5-3

Plan and create a design document to illustrate thoughts, ideas, and stories in a sequential (step-by-step) manner (e.g., story map, storyboard, sequential graphic organizer).

In This Lesson

Students will create sketches and stencils while planning the 3Doodler design of individual parts, i.e., head, arms, legs, body, color and camouflage of. for their reptile.

CS Teachers
1A-A-3-5

Decompose (break down) a larger problem into smaller sub-problems with teacher guidance or independently.

In This Lesson

Students will break down the process of creating a new species of reptile into research, planning through sketches and stencils, and answering questions based on their reptile's physical characteristics.

ISTE
1C

Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

In This Lesson

Students will use the 3Doodler to visually demonstrate physical adaptations to an ecosystem.

ISTE
4D

Exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

In This Lesson

Students will demonstrate willingness and competency within an open-ended task with more than one possible outcome.

ISTE
6B

Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

In This Lesson

Students will create a new species of reptile with a 3Doodler.

ISTE
7A

Use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

In This Lesson

Students will seek feedback from peers before creating a new species of reptile with a 3Doodler.

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