It is that time of year again: time to ask everyone you know to save their plastic Easter eggs and that you will be more than happy to take them off their hands – once the kids have emptied out the goodies, of course!
Below are some links to teachers who have used this lesson in the past:
Will your species survive for a million years? Will it survive a viral outbreak, meteorite impacts, predators, temperature changes, and changes in food sources?
In this natural selection simulation, students will choose 3 individuals as their starter population. What traits do they think will increase the chances of survival for their species? Long legs? Long necks? Stripes? Furry or bulky bodies? Only time will tell!
My 6th graders enjoyed playing this game and many were much more successful than I was 🙂
If you have a unit on genetics, this is a must have as part of your lesson plans. The worksheets were created by Tracy and posted on her website, ScienceSpot.net (link). I created a Google Slides presentation for my 7th graders to help them set up, solve, and analyze Punnett squares.
As a class, we worked on the first few problems together. Then, students worked with a partner and self checked their work using the ppt slides. For homework, they were to finish the problems and self check using the ppt slides. In class the next day, we reviewed some of the problems to check for understanding.
I used this hands-on activity as a review/reinforcement with my 7th graders and it really helped them understand the different blood types, about blood donation, and basic Punnett Squares. Plus they had fun playing the games and making up their own games.
All of the instructions and different games to play are explained in the handout. Some examples are: Who can donate? Punnett Square Practice, Identification, Memory, and Matching.
Other ways to use the cards:
Flashcards – Students can print their own at home and use them to study
You can set up a station/rotation to play the games as they are, or as ‘make your own’ game stations. Or a combination of both. Place one game at each station and have the students rotate every 7-10 minutes (see below for logistics)
Rotation Directions – students will rotate from table to table and learn to play the game at each station
Need a group of 4 students at each station.
When it is time to rotate, only 2 go to the next station, and 2 stay.
The 2 that stay are the experts on that game.
The 2 experts teach the 2 novices how to play when they rotate to the table.
When it is time to rotate, the 2 experts who stayed go to the next group, and the novices are now the experts and teach the 2 new novices that came to the station.
Quiz-Quiz Trade –
give each student a RBC card and have them identify it, then trade
give each student a blood-type card and ask for the genotype (ie AA or AO)
Or mix both decks and play both games
Find your Partner –
give half or your class Blood Type Cards and the other half of the class RBC cards and have them find the matching set
Interactive Links for further practice
Blood Typing Game – can you make the right choice? (link)
Are you my blood type? can you find the donor? (link)
Emergency Room – figure out the blood type and correct transfusion (link)