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Coincidental Colonization


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    California Academy of Sciences

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Coincidental Colonization

In this game of chance, learners will discover how organisms colonized the Galápagos Islands, experiencing how chance plays a role in the successful dispersal of species to new areas. Each learner will be assigned an animal along with information about its special characteristics and what chance events they will need to colonize the island. The educator will randomly select popsicle sticks that each have one chance event written on it to simulate the unpredictability of nature and the needs of the new environment. If the popsicle stick event matches the next box on the learner's card, the learner's animal is one step closer to mirgating to the Galápagos Islands. This lesson plan includes educator resources, wrap-up suggestions, extension ideas, and is standards-based. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
      • Classification
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
      • Biodiversity

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Games
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, California Academy of Sciences, ©2008

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