Challenge your students to design a creature that can survive a changing environment!
Students will select from thirty two different adaptations, all with different perks, in order to design an organism that can (hopefully) survive drastic environment changes. In a Dungeons-and-Dragons-esque style, each adaptation provides points in certain categories of survival.
My students become quickly enthralled with the challenge of picking just the right combination. There is a lot of strategy that can be implemented to maximize point values. However, as some learn the hard way, sometimes the best plans fail due to chance.
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Included in this download:
- Survival Games Student Document: Which has thorough directions for students and a full page table of the possible adaptations.
- Survival Games Teacher Instructions: Clearly written directions will walk you through how to host the game.
- Survival Games Event Cards: These cards provide the environmental challenges that the students will have to survive in each round of the game.
What to expect?
This game takes between thirty to forty minutes to play, depending on how long you give your students to create their creatures. As students create their creatures, they will realize many things, such how different adaptations provide advantages and how some adaptations go well together. The latter of these can help lead the discussion into convergent evolution/analogous structures.
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