Amphibians or Reptiles

In Utah’s testing, there is ALWAYS a question on the differences between amphibians and reptiles. Always. And every year I am floored how many students are still confused. So we built. We ate. They liked. They remembered…at least better.

For an after school science club, we did a lesson on the differences between amphibians and reptiles. Then we built and ate. Yum.

Amphibians – wet skin, lives in water and land, gills then lungs, eggs are slimy feeling, cold blooded, etc. We unwrapped a somewhat sticky-wet Twinkie (amphibian), placed it in pudding (water), put sprinkles also in the pudding (slimy eggs.)

Reptiles – scaly skin, leathery eggs, mostly live on land, cold blooded, lungs. To represent this, each student received a Zinger with the coconut (scaly skin), placed it on Easter grass (dry land), and a gummy worm to remind students that snakes are reptiles. Each student received a large marshmallow which is dry to represent that reptile eggs are dry as well as some Skittles hiding in the grass…also representing reptile eggs are on land. I let students add licorice for legs on both amphibians and reptiles.

Food makes learning FUN! The kids had a blast.

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