A Designed Organism

How can you encourage pupils to demonstrate creativity while still meeting the objective of applying technical knowledge? This activity is your answer! Scientists will create an imaginary creature and prepare a graphic organizer with specific environmental factors required for their chosen creature to exist, inclusive of predetermined adaptations.  

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Instructional Ideas

  • Assign each individual an imaginary herbivore to create and have them provide information about a new plant and a new predator for the imaginary creature
  • Compare and contrast each individual's imaginary creature with real organisms
Classroom Considerations

  • Review general adaptations made by organisms prior to this activity
Pros

  • No cleanup necessary for this activity
  • Potential for multiple adaptations as needed
  • Allows students the opportunity to demonstrate creativity 
Cons

  • None