NJ Science Convention Workshop


Here are the 2 PowerPoint presentations that I used.

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Color Strategies Used in Nature PowerPoint

Bird Beak PowerPoint

Workshop Information Packet


Listed below, are some website activities that relate to classifiying living things:


Classifying Living Things -In this activity, you will see a large grid of green square tiles.  Each tile will have a different plant or animal on it.  See if you click on the correct tiles that belong to the category shown in each round of the game.  When you think that you have clicked on all of the correct tiles, then click the "GO" button on the bottom of the screen.  You will then find out if you got them all correct.  BE SURE TO PLAY THIS ACTIVITY MORE THAN ONCE!!!  When you find out your final score, be sure to click the "Play Again" button for more fun.

Classification of Vertebrates -See how well you know the basic characteristics that each class of vertebrates have in common.  If you're having trouble with this activity, be sure to review the basic characteristics of each class of vertebrates.

Animal Classification Game -Before playing this activity, be sure to click on "Animal Classes" for an overview of animal classification before playing the games on this site.

Bird Beak Adaptation Game -Do you remember playing the bird beak adaptation activity in class?  This game will really test your ability to figure out what type of beak works best for different ways of feeding!  Click here for an even more challenging version of this game!

Build a Fish -We learned in class that all birds have a certain design to their beak that enables them to capture specific types of food.  But the survival strategy of having a specific body design can be applied to just about any creature out there in the world!  In this activity, see if you can design a fish with the right adaptations to survive. Try different combinations and see which ones work together.

Mare's Build a Fish -Here is another activity that puts you in charge of designing a fish that best suits its environment.  What I particularly like about this activity, is that it lets you choose from 6 different environments.  Be sure to click on "instructions" before playing this activity.

Design a Dinosaur -See if you can construct a dinosaur with the proper body, head, tail, arms, and legs so that it can successfully find food and safely get back home.  When constructing your dinosaur, be sure to click on the HELP button to learn what all of the controls do!

Who Wants to Live a Million Years? -Why do giraffes have long necks?  Why do polar bears have thick fur?  In this activity, you will learn about Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection.  After doing so,  play the Survival Game and see if you can survive for a million years!  If you're having trouble loading the activity, please click on the "refresh" button on your browser.  That usually helps the activity to properly load!