Super fun Anatomy/Ecology Activity... Learn by DOING! Active Learning is key for MS Science!
Also check out my "31 Days of Halloween" themed Science Starters, to get your class into a spooky science mood!
Gives students fun practice with and deepens knowledge of species interactions, anatomy, habitat, predation, and resource competition.
This is a two-in-one anatomy and ecology, Halloween-themed (or anytime!) classroom activity, designed to take 2-3 classes, depending on the level of detail you would like your students to include and whether or not you decide to have them play the included ecology game.
Students are instructed to create a terrifying original monster - but the catch is that they have to provide the anatomy, diet, and evolutionary back ground for their monster as well! Have students draw and label their monsters too.
Then (to learn even more about ecology and competition for resources!), the students can illustrate the included squares according to the instructions and find another group to pair with. They will roll dice to gain the resources that will decide which monster population is the fittest! In-depth instructions and cut-out game pieces are included in the packet, but you will need to provide one paper bag or baggie and one set of dice for each group.
This 8-page packet (the preview page showing game pieces, graphic organizer, and "monster sketch" page is not included in total) includes instructions for the first activity, two pages worth of questions about the monster with space for answers, a graphic organizer to show the evolution of their monster, a final page where students can draw and label their complete monster, as well as instructions and cut-out pieces pages for the included game.
These finished activities and the accompanying information would make a terrific bulletin board display!
I hope you and your students enjoy this activity. As always I really appreciate rating!
Please note that the new preview does not include all of the pages included in the purchased product, it only shows a portion of the pages.