Warm-Blooded Vertebrates is the sixth unit in the Biology course. In this unit you will learn about birds and mammals. It includes dissections, opportunities for designing your own experiments with animals, paper crafts, field observation, and hands-on demonstrations of scientific principles.
This unit has sections on:
Learning By Doing
This is an activity based curriculum, where you learn by doing. Here are a few of the activities to choose from in this unit:
- Watercolor paint members of 18 orders of birds and memorize them
- Make a bird feeder and observe birds in your yard
- Closely examine feathers with a hand lens and color worksheets about feathers
- Create a quail life cycle hanging lantern
- Dissect an owl pellet
- Sort mammal cards into the correct classification orders
- Color a sheet about the development of placental mammals
- Color the life cycle of a kangaroo
- Dissect a fetal pig
- Plus much more!
Each Layers of Learning Science unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. You can learn more about how Layers of Learning works in the Curriculum Guide. You may also want to purchase the Science Guidebook for even more information on how to teach and learn with Layers of Learning Science.
Here is a two-page spread from Warm-Blooded Vertebrates:
There are many different activities, pintables, and games in each unit. You get to design your student’s learning by choosing your favorites and reading books and watching videos on the topics presented in the unit. On the double page spread above you can see an exploration for dissecting an owl pellet and one for learning about the orders of mammals.
The sidebars line the entire unit and help you take off on tangents, learn extra information, have deep discussions, coordinate with Writer’s Workshop, or find high interest books to hand to your child.
This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.
Warm-Blooded Vertebrates is also part of the overall Biology course, the second Year of the four year Layers of Learning Science cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you through the four branches of science from Earth & Space to Biology to Chemistry to Physics in a logical progression where skills are learned and then practiced and used. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit and in any order.
This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.
You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.
Above, you see the cover and two of the Printable Pack pages. The middle page is an animal report outline from a sidebar meant to aid in writing a report. The sheet on the right is one of the bird orders pages which can be watercolor painted and then displayed to help you learn the classification of birds. This printable pack includes 45 pages.
This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Biology Resources page.