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This tournament bracket challenge offers biology students a chance to polish their natural history and taxonomy skills of vertebrates. There are thirty-two contestants in this tournament with their eye on the prize. First-round winners are not extinct. Second-round winners are mammals. Third-round winners are not a placental. Fourth-round winners are egg-layers (Monotremes). The tournament champion is part aquatic (Duck-billed platypus).
In this classification activity, students compare and discern:
The list of contestants include: passenger pigeon, rock python, California condor, giraffe, great auk, platypus, osprey, eastern elk, giant beaver, lamprey, Tasmanian devil, deep water cisco, mountain lion, Steller's sea cow, Carolina parakeet, bull shark, giant short-faced bear, hagfish, jaguar, giant ground sloth, opossum, heath hen, largemouth bass, wooly mammoth, American lion, snapping turtle, echidna, ancient bison, American cheetah, red squirrel, tiger salamander, and Labrador duck.
I included a colored answer key, along with two pages (front/back) of the animal contestant profiles. I credit my familiarity with extinct animals to an annual guest speaker who, for the last twenty-plus years, has presented on the topic of extinction of animals in North America to my ecology students.
In addition, students have the opportunity to create and fill in their own tournament bracket of vertebrates in a follow up single-page activity. This activity features a blank, miniature bracket for eight starting organisms (vertebrates) and explicit directions for students to follow.
May the games begin!
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