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All About Animal Skeletons

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Richard Colley

Emily Colley


University of Montevallo

Montevallo High School



This Podcast is sample of a student-generated project that describes the basic characteristics of the Kingdom Animalia. Students are placed in cooperative groups and assigned one of the basic characteristics of the kingdom. (Skeletal, reproductive, method of fertilization, body symmetry,body coverings and locomotion) Students then research their characteristic and use digital cameras to collect pictures of animals that represent these traits. Students can also collect pictures from the Internet to complete missing representatives. Cooperative groups then work together to create a Podcast.

Length: 03:53

Aligned to the following ALEX lesson plan:

All About Animals

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (9-12) Biology
11. Classify animals according to type of skeletal structure, method of fertilization and reproduction, body symmetry, body coverings, and locomotion.
skeletal structure—vertebrates, invertebrates;
fertilization—external, internal;
reproduction—sexual, asexual;
body symmetry—bilateral, radial, asymmetrical;
body coverings—feathers, scales, fur;
locomotion—cilia, flagella, pseudopodia
TC2 (9-12) Computer Applications
12. Use digital tools to publish curriculum-related content.
Examples: Web page authoring software, coding software, wikis, blogs, podcasts
TC2 (9-12) Computer Applications
13. Demonstrate collaborative skills using curriculum-related content in digital environments.
Examples: completing assignments online; interacting with experts and peers in a structured, online learning environment
SC2015 (9-12) Biology
13. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain how organisms are classified by physical characteristics, organized into levels of taxonomy, and identified by binomial nomenclature (e.g., taxonomic classification, dichotomous keys).
a. Engage in argument to justify the grouping of viruses in a category separate from living things.

National/Other Standards:

1. Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
2. Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.


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