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by Melissa Kaplan
is serious business. Whether the ones teaching are teachers in a school or other
educational setting, or parents homeschooling or otherwise interacting with their
children, educating our children is the most important thing we do.
that doesn't mean learning - and teaching - can't be fun. With that in mind, on
this page you will find links to articles, lists and resources, most relating
to reptiles or amphibians. They are presented with the hope that they will put
some fun into your learning and teaching.
So, you think you want a reptile?
Key Considerations in Selecting Reptiles
Animals Kept as Pets Raise Risk of Disease, Injury
for National Pet Week in the Classroom
In The Classroom
As a freelance educator, I frequently go into
classrooms to present hands-on lectures about reptiles. This, in addition to the
calls and e-mail I get from parents, students and teachers, has given me the opportunity
to see how reptiles are kept in classrooms. And, I must say, on the whole, it
isn't very good. Teachers are just as likely to get the incorrect information
and not have the right, or even necessary, equipment, for the animals they keep.
My concern and experiences in this area led me to do my master's thesis on classroom
reptiles. If you are thinking about keeping one or more reptiles in your classroom,
please read about the Special Needs of Classroom Reptiles
Please access the caresheets available through my site to learn how to properly
set up and care for the reptiles and amphibians you may have. Make use of your
local herpetological society - many have outreach programs and even if they don't,
they should be able to provide you with care information. If you don't know of
any in your state, let me know where you live and I will send you what herp society
and reptile veterinarian information I have. Herp society and veterinarian listings
are available for many states and other countries at my Herp
for my Beastly Garden of Wordy Delights?
for coloring pages?Not
do you want to get rid of your pet? Is it because someone in the family is allergic
to it? Or has it just become inconveniet? Keeping in mind that the majority of
pet species are sentient, intelligent enough to learn your routines as well as
their own, recognize people, have specific likes and dislikes, and get highly
stressed when there are any major changes in their lives and yours, please make
sure that you aren't like any of the people discussed in Pet
Dumpers' Litany of Lame Excuses. If you aren't giving more thought to getting
a pet than you are to getting a car, you shouldn't have pets.
Reptiles, Learning and Fun
the Leopard Gecko's Fun Page
Survival Challenge - Can't beat a camouflage experiment using chocolate
Activities and Lesson Plans
Words - or compiled into PDF
Splatt's roadside attraction
Imagine: A Visualization
Just for Kids: Humans and Animals
More than Half a Million U.S. Students Learn: Whats
and Fascinating Facts
Ophidiphobes and Ophidiphobia
Boffins: All Children's Perceptions of Scientists
Use of Reptiles in Public Education
Web Resources For Parents, Teachers and Students
com - take University of Georgia's virtual tour of a vet hospital
Museum/Minnesota Herpetological Society Resource List (PDF)
on the Biology of Reptiles and Amphibians
for Science in the Public Interest Nutrition Action Healthletter
Herpetology Connection - Learn to use animal identification keys
Online Field Guides
Little Explorer's Dictionary
Fund for Animal Welfare
Amphibians and Reptiles as Pets
Iowa State University's
Tasty Insect Recipes
& Mystery Bugs
Guide: Mold is for Wimps: Antibiotics from Big, Scary Reptiles
National Biodiversity Information Infrastructure's Teacher
of Natural History Division of Reptiles and Amphibians
Wildlife Federation - Environmental
Education, Kid Zone
for Wildlife Pictures (See also Researching
Steve's U.S. Turtle Field Guide
Biological Resources Division's Learning Room (Middle-School on up)
Biological Resources Division's Kid's Corner
Tour of the Reptile & Amphibian Hall
A Glossary of Medical Words - from Kidshealth.org
Wildlife Fund's Kid Stuff
References in Herp Names
Appendix of the Translations of the Scientific Names of the Reptiles and Amphibians
of North America
Learning's Coloring Pages
Reptile Coloring Page
Reptile Coloring Book
Island Nature Preserve's Reptile Coloring Pages
Reptile & Dinosaur Coloring Pages
a Backyard Habitat
Create a Schoolyard Habitat
The following is a list of some of my personal favorite books with reptile and/or
environmental themes. The reptiles themselves are only characters in the greater
story - the themes of are of change, of friendship, of life.
Still the Turtle Watched
Sheila MacGill-Callahan. 1991. Dial Books.
A tale of the flowing of time, of seeing and believing, of carelessness and redemption.
Could You Be a Frog?
John Norris Wood. 1990. Ideals Children's Books.
Life is choices, good ones and bad ones. On lucky days, we make the right ones
and live another day to try again.
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel). 1971. Random House
From plenty to
putrid, redemption and the chance to start anew lies in a single seed...and the
example of the Lorax picking himself up by the seat of his pants. [I became interested
in Theodore Geisel ("Dr. Seuss") and so researched him for an author
paper I wrote for my Seminar in Child Literature class. If you would like to read
it, it is available in HTML and PDF
Chris Van Allsburg. 1990. Houghton Mifflin Company.
to putrid...but only in a dream. The future can be changed by what we choose to
do, and not do, today.
Moons on Turtle's Back
Joseph Bruchac and Jonathon London. 1992. Philomel
There are thirteen scutes on the turtle's back, and thirteen moons
in the lunar year. For many Native American cultures, each moon had a tale to
tell. In this book of poems, the cycles of the year, the sharing of myths and
stories from generation to generation, are retold. Brouchac has collaborated on
another book with some wonderful reptile and environmental and literature, Keepers
of the Animals: Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children,
Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac. 1991. Fulcrum Publishing.
Turtle and the Moon
Charles Turner. 1991. Dutton Children's Books.
The turtle lives alone in his pond, day after day, with no one to play with. One
night, he awakens to find someone else playing in his pond!
Ann Mazer. 1991. Alfred A. Knopf.
A boy, trying to
convince his mother to let him keep a bright orange salamander he has found, describes
to her how he will keep the salamander, transforming his room into a delightful
habitat for both boy and sallie.
A few others that I have found to be quite good on some difficult topics:
Natural Laurence Pringle. 1977. Morrow Junior Books.
Joanna Cole (and illustrated by Aliki). 1987. Thomas Y. Crowell.