This card game gives students a chance to learn characteristics of different vertebrate sub-groups.
Each player tries to collect a set of 4 characteristic cards and a name card for one of the vertebrate sub-groups (Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Mammals, Reptiles).
Students shuffle the cards and deal 5 cards to each player. The remaining cards become the draw pile. Each player, in turn, draws a card and discards a card. Play continues until a player has collected 4 characteristics cards for a subgroup and the corresponding “name card.” That player calls out the name of the vertebrate subgroup and lays the cards down face-up for the other group members to check.
I have included 2 versions of the “name cards” for each sub-group. One that has only the name, and the other “name cards” include a complete list of the sub-group characteristics. When my students have just been introduced to vertebrates, we play using the name cards with the list to help them to learn the characteristics. By the end of the unit, when I’m using the game as review, I give them the “name cards” without the list of characteristics. The cards with the list can also be used as an answer key for students to check the answers of a student who has won.
-Discard pile can be left face-up or face down. If left face-up, players can then choose to draw from the draw pile or the discard pile.
-Sometimes my students have played this like “Go Fish” and they ask each other for various characteristics cards.