(Check out https://eduplaytion.blog/2017/06/21/taxonomygame/ for more images and information about this game)
This game is an open-world exploration game. The player, a biologist, must move around diverse environments, taking photos of different animals in their environment, and at different times of the day. They will use their log books to summarize the visual and textual information they see and read, which they will use in the end to determine the species of the animals they study. At the end of the game, they can use the information they recorded in a dichotomous key, which will provide the scientific name for the animals they discovered.
Students will use this information to write a report for other biologists about their findings on the island. There is also a reflection at the end that gets students to analyze and discuss the methods and validity of their research.
First-year English language learners
Teaching taxonomy and classification
Improving summarization skills
Reflecting on scientific systems
Using a dichotomous key
Main differences between mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds
Tutorial for how to play
27 different animal species (mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds)
Day, twilight, and night cycle (with some animals appearing only at certain times of the day)
A range of diverse environments (including caves, lakes, forests, and more!)
Animal appearances tailored to their environment
Background sound effects that change depending on your location
Dichotomous key file
Post-activity reflection questions
Continue: Space bar
Please visit https://twinery.org/ and download Twine, which is the free program used to run the dichotomous key included in this packet.
For a free, trial version, please visit: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Taxonomy-Video-Game-Bird-Identification-and-Classification-Free-Trial-3198254
Please let me know if there are any problems or mistakes in the comments section and I will fix as quickly as possible! Enjoy!