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Davidson College Herpetology Laboratory

Educational Presentations and Activites




School Talks






These presentations have been created as part of an Amphibian and Reptile Conservation class at Davidson College taught by Dr. Michael E. Dorcas.  They have been designed for use by any individual interested in giving a presentation about amphibians and reptiles, or any educator looking to supplement their science curriculum.  They cover information about the importance, biology, ecology, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles in North Carolina.  The PowerPoints have been designed to be age appropriate; and thus, we have created four different presentations: one for lower elementary school, one for upper elementary school, one for middle school, and finally one for high school and adults. They vary in depth of understanding, detail, and vocabulary.  We hope that you find these helpful.  If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please email midorcas@davidson.edu.

Lesson 1: Amphibians and Reptiles: an Introduction to Herpetofauna
High School Notes for Teachers
Middle School Notes for Teachers
Upper Elementary School Notes for Teachers
Lower Elementary School Notes for Teachers
Lesson: Herpetofauna: Season by Season
Upper and Lower Elementary School Notes for Teachers


Herpetology flashcards (.pdf) (.doc)

Amphibian Life Cycle (.pdf) (.ppt)

Use these pictures to teach the frog life cycle, our favorite way is to let students attach them to a hula hoop with velcro.


Comments or questions regarding this web site, contact Michael E. Dorcas