STUDENT INSTRUCTION AND ANSWER SHEET
Activity 1: Constructing Imaginary Creatures and Environments
In this activity you will construct imaginary creatures and environments from the lists of characteristics. Be creative since these creatures and environments do not have to behave like anything here on Earth.
A. As a group, you will need to decide which characteristics you want your imaginary creature to have. To do this first obtain a creature card from your teacher, then make a single choice from each of the 6 creature characteristics. Once you have made all your choices, fill out your creature card (including a name for your creature) and put it in the class creature box. Repeat this process two more times to construct two more creatures. Make sure you create significantly different creatures each time.
B. Obtain three environment cards from your teacher then follow the steps in question A using the environment characteristics to create an interesting environment. (Note: The environments you create in no way need to match the creatures you have already created.) Record your choices on your environment card and then put it in the environment box. Repeat this process two additional times, making sure that each environment you create is different.
C. Once every group has finished filling out their creature and environment cards and put them in the appropriate boxes, pass the boxes around the room. Now it is time for your group to draw a single creature card and a single environment card from each box. This will be your first creature/environment pair to study. Once each group has drawn their first pair, each group will draw a second creature/environment pair. Repeat this process again so that each group has a third creature/environment pair.
D. Your group should now have three creature/environment pairs to study. In this portion of the activity, we want to determine the success of each creature in the environment with which it was paired. To do this we will compare each creature characteristic and environment characteristic one pairing at a time. Obtain a scoring worksheet from your teacher.
To score your creatures, use the following set of rules.
E. Score each pair of creature and environment characteristics. Once you are done, record the total score on the provided scoring worksheet.