Ch 27: Introduction to Vertebrates: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Vertebrates unit of this High School Biology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the diversity of vertebrates. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Biology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the characteristics of vertebrates. There is no faster or easier way to learn about biology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about jawless vertebrates, such as class myxini and class petromyzontida.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a biology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an Introduction to Vertebrates unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Introduction to Vertebrates Unit Objectives:

  • Learn about the skeletal supports of sharks and fishes.
  • Discuss jawless craniates.
  • Explore the origins of jaws in vertebrates.
  • Describe the characteristics of amniotes.
  • Learn how vertebrates develop limbs.

6 Lessons in Chapter 27: Introduction to Vertebrates: Homeschool Curriculum
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Vertebrates: Origin, Characteristics & Diversity

1. Vertebrates: Origin, Characteristics & Diversity

Vertebrates are diverse and widespread across Earth, but this was not always the case. In this lesson you'll learn about the origins and evolution of these animals, as well as explore their vast diversity.

Jawless Craniates: Class Myxini & Class Petromyzontida

2. Jawless Craniates: Class Myxini & Class Petromyzontida

The word 'fish' brings specific images to mind. But before these fish existed, there were the jawless craniates. In this lesson you will identify two classes that fall into this category: the hagfishes and the lampreys.

Fishes and Sharks: Origins of Jaws in Vertebrates

3. Fishes and Sharks: Origins of Jaws in Vertebrates

While it may appear to be a minor feature, the hinged jaw led to major changes in the evolution of animals. In this lesson, you'll discover some of the earliest jawed animals, the sharks and fishes of the world.

Tetrapods: Development of Limbs in Vertebrates

4. Tetrapods: Development of Limbs in Vertebrates

Having four limbs allowed for an incredible amount of diversification in the animal kingdom. But where did those limbs come from, and what types of diversifications arose from animals moving onto land?

Amniotes: Definition and Evolutionary Characteristics

5. Amniotes: Definition and Evolutionary Characteristics

One of the more 'recent' evolutionary developments in vertebrates is a terrestrial egg. This adaptation allowed for even greater diversity in this branch of the Animal Kingdom, giving rise to organisms that could now live their entire lives on land.

Primates and Human Origin

6. Primates and Human Origin

You probably know that you are a primate, just like gorillas and monkeys. But you may be surprised to find out how long primates have been around and how many of them are still living on Earth, which are covered in this lesson.

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