Lori Schmidt's Lovely Lesson



1. Big map of the world

2. Crayons or markers

3. Map of the world on a worksheet


1. Ask the children to give you some names of different reptiles and amphibians. Once they have done this, ask them if any of them know where these animals are from. Remind them that animals do not come from the zoo!

2. Explain that we have been talking a lot about different reptiles and amphibians and we have learned a lot of the different types and characteristics of them. Explain that today we are going to learn where these different types of animals live around the world.

3. Hand out to children their worksheet that has the world map on it. Explain to them that as we discuss different reptiles and amphibians that are around the world they will be coloring in the different areas of the world with different colors. For example, the bullfrog is all over the US; therefore the children would pick a color and color the US on their map.

4. Discuss with the children about the Nile Crocodile. Explain that it is found in the regions of Africa, Egypt, and South Africa. Show the children where this is on the map. Once you have showed them have them choose a color and color that region on their map.

5. Go into information about the Anaconda. Explain that it is found throughout South America and show the children this region on the map. Have the children color this area in with a different color.

6. Follow the same procedure as above with the Snapping Turtle of Canada, the Komodo Dragon of Indonesia, the Indian Python or India and China, the Lacertidae of Europe, and the Amethystine Python of Australia. Show the children these regions on the map and have them color each region a different color.

7. When all the regions have been colored, explain to the children that we are now going to create what is called a key. Show them on the board how this is done by putting up one of the names of the animals you've done and putting a color next to it. Explain to the children that they have to write the animals very small and then refer to their map to see what color each region was. By the name of the animal the children should make a small box with the color that corresponds to the animal and region it is from.






1. As children are coloring their maps, observe to see that they are coloring the right regions and that they understand which animal is from where. Have them create the rest of the key on their own and see that they understand that concept and understand how to read something like that.