This fun, educational board game actively involves the students in a competitive journey around a game board, from fertilization to birth. Each student plays the role of an ovulated egg cell, and the object of the game is to get fertilized, pass through the stages of embryo development by traveling around the board, and be the first baby born at the finish line! By playing the game the students will learn the basics of embryo development, pregnancy, birth, and some acquired and genetic causes of birth defects.
This document contains the following:
1. Instructions for the teacher on how to construct the game board and game components (The teacher is encouraged to make enough copies of the game board and components so that his/her entire class – divided up into game tables of four to six students each – can play the game all at the same time.)
2. Worksheet questions for the students to complete after playing the game (The teacher is encourged to make a class set of the student worksheet.)
3. Teacher’s answer key for the student worksheet
Since the information needed for students to play the game (and answer the questions in the worksheet) can be found on the game board and the playing cards themselves, this game could be used to introduce the topics of embryo development, pregnancy, birth, and acquired and genetic causes of birth defects. The game could also be used as a review at the end of a unit. Students in science grades 6 – 8, beginning high school biology, high school health, or family consumer sciences will enjoy learning by having fun with the Human Embryo Development and Pregnancy Game!