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Game of Survival

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Learn about why animals look the way that they do. This life science curriculum kit explains animal traits and how that impacts their survival. Play the survival game detailing natural selection and explore examples from each class of animals. Read More

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Have you ever wondered why animals look the way they do? This Launch level Science Unlocked Curriculum kit will help you find out! The Game of Survival kit is a fantastic lesson plan and interactive experience for a young biologist!

In this kit, students will customize and play a game to learn about the process of natural selection, genetic variation, and adaptations. They will use math to better understand the role natural selection has on the living organisms we share our earth with. Game of Survival comes with a full-color Student Curriculum Workbook and Teacher Guide. It is a phenomenon-based approach, designed to fully engage students in adaptations and the theory of natural selection. Through a customizable game, simulations, and experiments, students will become engrossed in the wonders of the species around them. This Launch level curriculum kit will provide over 13 hours of knowledge, educating your student about natural selection and adaptations, as well as what that means for species. 

In this kit, the student will partake in these fun activities: 

  1. Customize their own Survival Game
  2. Test model beaks to determine which is most universal
  3. Create a model batwing and test it to better understand adaptations for flight
  4. Develop their own experiment on iguanas based on comparative observations
  5. Discover odd examples of mimicry that increase reproductive fitness in fishes
  6. Simulate the impact of coloration and camouflage on species survival
  7. Test themselves and their friends to see if humans are better at spotting danger than animals

Use "Game of Survival" to answer questions such as:

  • Why do animals look the way they do?
  • How do an animal's traits impact its survival?
  • How are some animals better suited to their environment than others? 
  • What are adaptations and how does the theory of natural selection work?
  • How do environmental conditions and evolutionary change affect speciation?

This kit takes an objective look at Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution and natural selection to explore the origin of species. Your student will discover real-world earth science concepts such as how environmental change and survival of the fittest affect the next generation of a species. Learn how population growth evolves and more through a variety of fun natural selection activities!

Our Game of Survival kit is a part of the Science Unlocked Launch series and is recommended for middle school and high school students in grades 8-12.

Interested in learning more? Check out our Student Workbook Sample and Teacher Guide Sample!

NOTE: The table for Question 1 in the Student Workbook on page 19 is printed incorrectly. However, the table in the Teacher Guide on page 6 is correct and includes the data that students should use in order to complete the question correctly. 




This kit contains:

  • Binder clip
  • Blue cellophane
  • 10 blue pony beads
  • Cardboard craft tube
  • 2 pieces of cardstock
  • Forceps
  • Green cellophane
  • 10 green pony beads
  • Masking tape
  • 6 pieces of newsprint
  • Paper clips
  • 10 red pony beads
  • Rubber band
  • Ruler
  • Skittles
  • 3 straws, 0.15” diameter
  • 8 straws, 0.30” diameter
  • 2 tongue depressors
  • 10 yellow pony beads
  • White pipe cleaner

You will also need:

  • Art supplies
  • Scissors


Warning: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Adult supervision required.
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