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Introduction to Animals
Lesson 17.1: Overview of Animals
17.1.1 Characteristics of Animals
- Animal Cells
- Animal Structure and Function
- Animal Life Cycle and Reproduction
17.1.2 Classification of Animals
- Major Animal Phyla
- Invertebrate vs. Invertebrate
17.1.3 Major Trends in Animal Evolution
- Animal Origins
- Evolution of Invertebrates
- Moving from Water to Land
- Evolution of Chordates
- Evolution of Vertebrates
- Evolution of Amniotes
Lesson 17.2: Overview of Invertebrates
17.2.1 Characteristics of Invertebrates
- Nervous System
17.2.2 Invertebrate Evolution
- Radial Symmetry
- Bilateral Symmetry
- Complete Digestive System
- Pseudocoelom and Coelom
- Segmented Body
17.2.3 Classification of Invertebrates
- Major Invertebrate Phyla
- Protostomes and Deuterostomes
Pacing the Lessons
Use the Class Periods per Lesson table below as a guide for the time required to teach the lessons of this chapter.
Number of Class Periods
17.1 Overview of Animals
17.2 Overview of Invertebrates
- Class periods are assumed to be 60 minutes long.
See the following Web sites for appropriate laboratory activities:
1. This is a simple lab in which students will use microscopes to observe plant and animal cells and identify their differences.
2. In this lab, students will make and use a taxonomic key to learn distinguishing characteristics of common invertebrate and vertebrate animals.
These Web sites may also be helpful:
1. At the URL below, you can find a wealth of information, images, and other materials documenting the diversity of the animal kingdom.