This is a great project for the end of the Biology Invertebrate Unit.
The students love the creative aspect and have fun inventing new animals.
The project includes full instructions, samples, rubric, and assessment.
A Medieval Bestiary is a book (usually illustrated) with symbolic and amusing descriptions of fabled beasts.
The purpose of this assignment is to provide the students with an opportunity to create their own page of a Medieval Bestiary which will include an image of a Chimera, a fictitious animal that is a combination of two species.
Their project will include a description of their Chimera using the knowledge gained while studying biology. The chimera will incorporate at least one Invertebrate Phylum and another Phylum of the student's choice.
Prescribed Learning Outcome:
to analyze principles of taxonomy
to analyze Kingdom system of classification, taxons, binomial nomenclature
to analyze characteristics of the kingdoms Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia
to analyze the functional inter-relationships of organisms
within an ecosystem
analyze how the increasing complexity of animal phyla
represents an evolutionary continuum