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Wildlife Wonders: The Seven Continents

Zoology 101 | the Fascinating Study of the Animal Kingdom!

Allie Wilson, MAT
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(306)
In this eight-week course, independent learners will study the amazing diversity in the animal kingdom, while focusing on diversity, ecology, and adaptations. It's going to get wild!

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to the Kingdom Animalia and taxonomy
In this lesson, we'll dive right in and cover taxonomy basics, focusing on grouping and naming animals using binomial nomenclature. We'll explore major phyla and see the amazing diversity of animal life.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
This lesson includes a brief overview of vertebrates, focusing on their defining features like the vertebral column, endoskeleton, and cranial structure. The lesson will focus on reptiles, including squamates (snakes and lizards), turtles, tuataras, and crocodilians.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
This lesson, we'll review reptiles before learning about amphibians, noting their differences in scales and skin properties. We'll cover various orders like Caudata, Anura, and Apoda, and discuss unique traits such as autotomy and aposematic coloration.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Birds and Fish
This lesson, we'll explore birds and fish, noting key characteristics such as birds' hollow bones and feathers, as well as fish's swim bladders and different skeletal structures. We'll cover bird orders like Passeriformes, Anseriformes, and Accipitriformes, and fish classes such as Osteichthyes, Chondrichthyes, and Agnatha.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Mammals (Terrestrial and Marine)
This lesson, we'll cover mammal characteristics and the three main groups: Marsupials, Monotremes, and placental mammals. We'll also explore mammal orders like Carnivora, Cetacea, and Rodentia, along with bonus groups like Ungulates and Chiroptera.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Worms (Platyhelminthes, Annelia, and Nematoda)
This lesson explores the weird world of worms, including Annelida, Platyhelminthes, and Nematoda, with their neat features like bilateral symmetry and setae. From marine bristle worms to tapeworms, we'll discover their adaptations and roles in their ecosystems.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Cnidaria (corals, jellies, anemones) and Porifera (sea sponges)
This lesson focuses on Cnidaria, Echinodermata, and Porifera, exploring their unique features, such as radial symmetry in cnidarians, tube feet in echinoderms, and the porous structure of sponges.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Arthropods and Mollusks
This lesson explores Arthropoda, focusing on their diversity and unique characteristics like exoskeletons and compound eyes. We will also discuss various groups like crustaceans and hexapods and cover Phylum Mollusca, detailing bivalves, cephalopods, and gastropods. This week will also include course review and a final exam.
Students will increase their knowledge of zoology through a study of the most significant classes and orders in the animal kingdom.
I am a high school biology, zoology, and environmental science teacher. Before teaching, I have worked in mammalogy research and at an aquarium, two major science museums and a primate sanctuary. I love zoology and giving students the chance to expose themselves to more specialized topics.
Homework Offered
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will be given short weekly quizzes and a final cumulative test. Students will immediately see their score.
Grades Offered
Student scores on their weekly quizzes and final test are returned immediately. I give written feedback on all submitted assignments. Please let me know if you would like a final numerical or letter grade.
Handouts, lesson videos, and assignments will be provided. Students will have the ability to complete all assignments digitally but may choose to complete them using pen/pencil, markers, paint, etc. 
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(306)
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Hi! I'm Allie. I'm a science teacher from Arkansas and I LOVE animals, zoology, and biology. I teach at Outschool because,... 
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8 pre-recorded lessons
8 weeks of teacher support
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