This is one of my favorite projects I do with my Gifted and Talented students while teaching Genetics. It's a great project to teach researching techniques and skills, many science standards, and how to use Microsoft Publisher to make a brochure. Science topics covered are physical characteristics, habitat, eating habits, communication, predators, and adaptations of the animals being researched.
Students are introduced (for some it is review) to the science topics covered and taught researching techniques of how to find information and paraphrase. You can also teach students how to cite their websites depending on the age of your students. This would correlate well to many of the Common Core Standards on research.
Students choose two animals to research and are given time in class to do so. Some will have to spend time at home to complete as well.
After they have studied the two animals they create a new species by blending the information they have learned about the two animals. Not only is this project research based, but it is creative as well.
Students will then learn how to use Microsoft Publisher to make a brochure introducing the world to their new species. I have provided many different formats for the brochure if you are not interested/able to use Microsoft Publisher. There are printable versions included and if you would like an electronic copy, please email me and I will send one to you right away.
This unit includes the project, rubric, student examples, printable versions of the brochure, teacher pages, PowerPoint lessons on the various topics and examples of websites and how to paraphrase information from those websites.