Reptile and Amphibian Anatomy


What are the differences between reptiles and amphibians? Illustrate them with colorful drawings!


1. Reptiles and amphibians may seem to be alike, but when you look very closely, they’re really quite different. Research the body parts, habitats, and other aspects of a reptile such as a crocodile or turtle, and an amphibian such as a salamander. Salamanders can live both in and out of the water. One is shown here.

2. Draw the various body parts of an amphibian on a dry-erase board with Crayola Dry-Erase Markers. Label the parts. Draw a reptile on another. Label its parts, too. Compare and contrast the two. Simply use a facial tissue to erase and then rewrite.

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  • If possible, first view live animals in natural habitats. Ask children to sketch them and determine whether they are reptiles or amphibians.
  • Write a list of the similarities and differences between the reptile and amphibian chosen.
  • Invent new reptiles and amphibians. Sketch how they would look and their habitats. Write a story about your imaginary creature.
  • Assessment: Are the drawings correctly labeled? Can each student describe the similarities and differences between reptiles and amphibians?

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Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Dry-Erase Markers
household supplies
  • dry-erase board
  • facial tissues



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Children identify the differences between reptiles and amphibians.

  • Children draw an amphibian and reptile and correctly label their body parts.


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