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Session 2: Reptiles and Amphibians (Wild)

Each session we will be diving into a new topic that is related to our overall theme of “Animals and Their Needs”. In this session, we will be learning from some of our favorite wild friends, Reptiles and Amphibians.


Herpetology is the study of reptiles (lizards, snakes, turtles, and tortoises) and amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders). Next session we will compare wild and domestic birds.

Let’s get started!



Reptiles and Amphibians, oh my!

In this video, Nicole discussed one of her favorite topics, herpetology! Herpetology is the study of Reptiles and Amphibians. Herpeton is Latin for “things that crawl”. Reptiles and Amphibians are Ectothermic (Ecto = outside and thermic = heat) and they rely on outside sources, like the sun, to control their body temperature.


Explore Click here for more our Student Guide.


We recommend watching the video twice and focusing on the following questions and activities for younger learners!

What does a herpetologist study?


Where do reptiles lay their eggs? Where do Amphibians lay their eggs?


Draw your favorite reptile or amphibian in their habitat. Remember, if they are an amphibian they spend some time in the water and some time on land.


Write a story about a day in the life of a lizard. Give it a name. Send it on an adventure! Where does it hide from danger? What does it eat? Where does it get water? Does it have friends? Write at least six sentences from the point of view of your lizard.





What is next?


Want to learn more? Check out our two Facebook LIVE videos on Herpetology.


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Teacher’s Corner


Dear Teachers and Parents/Guardians using these resources,

We have made students guides for many of our W.O.W. Video series. Each student guide contains a section called:

  • “Know it all” meant as a comprehension corner with questions that have varying levels of difficulty related to the video.
  • “Digging Deeper” that will include links and resources to learn more about the topic(s) addressed in the video.
  • ”Try it” through a variety of activities meant to encourage learning away from the computer. These may be observation activities, crafts, games, writing prompts, or other creative activities supporting NGSS and video topics.

In creating these guides our intention was to allow a scope of options for educators to choose from that will best support their learners’ needs. Stay tuned for the roll out of our Student Worksheets. 


Reptiles and Amphibians, oh my!


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