Lizard Aerobics

In this activity, students will read about lizard adaptations for color and metabolism as well as scientific names.

By completing this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Obtain and evaluate information from a nonfiction text about lizard adaptations.
  • Evaluate the impact of certain adaptations on lizard evolution.
  • Use Greek and Latin words to correctly identify the scientific name of an animal.

More About this Lesson Plan

Wild Kids is a collection of simple activities that can be used to introduce students to different wildlife and life science concepts. Each activity includes a two page printable student worksheet and a page of teacher instructions. They have been aligned to the Arizona academic science standards and can be used to promote three dimensional teaching.

In this activity, students will read a short article about the reason why lizards have different colors and why they are often seen doing push-ups. After answering some questions to determine their comprehension, they can attempt to make sense of some of the common Latin and Greek words that are used to name lizards and other wildlife.


  • Eric Proctor, Wildlife Education Coordinator,
    Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)
  • Other AZGFD staff

Standards Correlation

This lesson has been correlated to the following Arizona Department of Education academic standards:

  • 7th Grade

    1. 7.L1U1.11

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