Ch 27: Vertebrates for High School Biology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Vertebrates chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the introduction to vertebrates in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.

Weekly Curriculum

Below is a sample breakdown of the Introduction to Vertebrates chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Vertebrates Chordates, craniates, tetrapods and amniotes
Tuesday Jawless craniates Class myxini, hagfish, notochord, petromyzontida and lamprey
Wednesday Fishes and sharks Pharyngeal slits, chondrichthyes, osteichthyes, actinopterygii, sarcopterygii
Thursday Tetrapods;
Amniotes
Amphibian and amniote;
Amnion, yolk sac, chorion, albumen and outer shell
Friday Primates and human origin Opposable thumbs, anthropoids, lemurs, pottos, lorises, tarsiers, monkeys and apes

6 Lessons in Chapter 27: Vertebrates for High School Biology Lesson Plans
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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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