The Adaptation Game

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To convey the concept of how animals adapt to survive, this game asks learners to imagine what adaptations a given animal would need to live in a certain environment—including environments where such animals are not typically found in (for example, a raccoon in a swamp). Learners discuss and draw different features that animals might develop, including details such as color and texture of new features, size and scale of the animal compared to other animals, and possible predators or food sources. This activity can be found on pages 24-25 of the activity guide. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per student)

  • Worksheet – Adaptation Game Cards Template
  • Drawing paper
  • Colored pencils or markers


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
    • Evolution
      • Mechanisms of Evolution

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide


  • All rights reserved, TERC, 2007

Funding Sources:

  • NASA, NAS5-26555
  • National Science Foundation, NSF 9730728