In this 2-player game, children cut out 24 images of animals and 12 challenge cards. They take turns challenging each other to group the images according to the challenge cards. Groups include tetrapods, herbivores, and mammals. When they have finished, children choose their favourite grouping method and use it to complete a 1-set Venn diagram.
Children learn about 5 different groups of animals - fish, amphibians, reptiles, bird, and mammals - and how we can identify them from their body features, behaviour, and life cycles. Children cut out 20 different images of these animals and place them in the correct group. They explain what the animals in each group have in common.
Children learn that animals can be classified as vertebrates (having a spine) or invertebrates (lacking a spine). They cut out 15 different pictures of animals and place them in the correct group.
Children learn that a dichotomous key (a branching classification key in which each question has exactly two answers) can be used to identify organisms. Children use the key provided to identify 12 different animals. They use a word bank to help them name the animals.
Children use a dichotomous classification key to identify 9 different types of invertebrate (centipede, slug, worm, snail, ant, beetle, woodlouse, spider and millipede). They cut and paste them in place and name them with the help of a word bank.
Children investigate the local area and draw pictures of 8 different organisms. They create their own classification key by repeatedly asking dichotomous questions (with exactly two answers), splitting the group up until each group only has one member. They discuss the best sort of questions to ask when making a classification key.
Children select a habitat in the local environment. They draw a picture of how it appears now, and describe or measure the weather, temperature and hours of daylight. They predict what this habitat will look like in 6 months' time, and identify any changes that might take place. If possible, children revisit the site in 6 months and investigate the habitat as it actually appears.
Children learn what deforestation is, and why humans deliberately choose to cut down trees and destroy forests. They learn about several negative effects of deforestation. Children use the writing frame provided to create their own information text on deforestation.