The Parts of a Crinoid Lesson Plan
The Parts of a Crinoid Lesson Plan introduces the student to the
vocabulary associated with the parts of a crinoid. With the fossil
“parts of…” lessons, students are looking at drawings of familiar fossil
animals. Always begin the lesson with a real example. The challenge
with fossil examples is that all the parts are not always visible, so do
your best to get as complete a specimen as possible—using only complete
fossils with younger students who can’t yet conceptualize parts that
might be missing.
Crinoid Lesson Plan Goals:
- To learn the external parts of the animal or plant.
- To understand how the animal or plant used its parts.
- To increase vocabulary.
- To develop a background of information that will be used in classification.
younger students, introduces new vocabulary as sight words along with a
reading and writing component to support memorization.
Crinoid Lesson Plan Materials
- Crinoid fossil
- Picture of a complete crinoid
- Parts of a Crinoid materialsPictures with parts emphasized in red, Definitions with LabelsDefinition without labelsSeparate labels for matching to the definitionsExternal Parts of a Crinoid control (answers) booklet,
Crinoid Lesson Plan Presentation
Introduce the crinoid with a real fossil, pointing out the parts is a
classroom discussion. If a fossil is not available to you a large
picture or drawing will work, but nothing makes an impression like the
real thing. As you point out the parts of the crinoid talk about what
each part does to help the animal survive. (See
www.fossils-facts-and-finds.com for information on the body functions of
- (A separate lesson with younger
students; a continuation with older students, especially if they are
familiar with this type of material.) Lay out the pictures in a
horizontal line. Lay out the definitions with labels in a vertical line
on the left side of your presentation space. As you do this, students
may spontaneously read the labels out loud. Point out the red part. Say
the name. Find the card with the matching definition and label. Read the
definition; then lay it under the picture. Continue with this left to
right. Use the control booklet to check the answers.
Follow up activities for the Crinoid Lesson Plan
- Use the definitions without labels in a similar manner for a greater level of challenge for the students.
- Make a crinoid wall chart.
- Make a crinoid booklet
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