This fun, engaging game is designed to help students learn and remember key terms that describe and define characteristics in living things. This game is typically played after students have a basic understanding of the vocabulary. Just like in the real Catch Phrase Game, students must give verbal clues about the term without making any physical gesture, saying a word that rhymes with any of the words, giving the first letter of a word, or saying part of any word in the clue. This requires students take that basic understanding of the key terms to a higher level, which results in retention and deeper understanding. Catch phrase games are great vocabulary strategies that help students understand terms at a deeper level causing them to retain that information.
During middle school, students are expected to know a variety of characteristics among living organisms. In this lesson, students will also work on building key vocabulary pertaining to those characteristics. In high school, this vocabulary is vital in classifying living things into the seven-kingdom system and must be understood before fully comprehending how living things are classified using the hierarchal system. This lesson was designed around a 6¬¬th grade standard (Texas), but with that said, it is a very high-level 6th grade activity. It can easily be modified down for middle school students if needed by simply removing some of the vocabulary you feel is too much for your students. Unfortunately, students typically do not show up to biology class having learned these very important terms in middle school. This would make for a great vocabulary activity for the biology classroom as well.
There are 34 vocabulary words included in the game. Here are a sampling of the tems:
• Sexual reproduction
• Asexual reproduction
• 1 or 2 laminated sets of Catch Phrase Cards
• 1 or 2 Timers
Marianne Dobrovolny - www.biologylessons.org
Characteristics of Living Things Catch Phrase Game
by Marianne Dobrovolny
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