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Use your imagination to create your own species

A resource provided by Arkive

Classroom Activity: Design a Species

Apr. 12th | Posted by 1 comments

As you learned in this week’s blog, there are still thousands and thousands of species on the earth waiting to be discovered. What if you could imagine your own species? With these resources from Arkive, you can!

You can choose from two different activities. Teach students about adaptation and how it plays a role in species development, or introduce the concept of
“mini-beasts” for those students who enjoy creepy crawly creatures. Even better … do both activities! Don’t forget to send pictures of your new species to me at Sam’s Inbox ( so I can share your work with other explorers.

Camouflage is one thing to consider when designing your own species. The Fiji island iguana's skin color camouflages into its habitat's green fauna.

Click this link and scroll down until you find the resources labeled “Adaptation – Design a Species” and “Marvelous Mini-beasts – Design a Species.” Arkive even includes teacher notes and powerpoint presentations to supplement the activity in the classroom.

Have fun!

Special thanks to Arkive for sharing these great resources.

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    1. Sydney Ellis

      Love that idea about make your own species

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