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

Structures, Processes, & Interactions of Organisms Teachers Pay Teachers

Revised Mimicry Card for Color Strategies Activity


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 Caterpillar -Have you ever spotted an unusual looking caterpillar and wondered why it had such an unusual color or appearance to it?  This activity will allow you to design different caterpillars that live in different environments.  As you are designing each caterpillar, ask yourself the following questions: "Who is the caterpillar's enemy?"  "How can the caterpillar avoid being eaten?"  "Can it blend into its surroundings?"  "Can it scare away or startle its enemy?"

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!