A Biology Game To Promote Classification And Observation
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Charles T. Buzek Spry School
2400 S. Marshall
Chicago IL 60653
Students should learn to observe with an eye to noticing differences and
salient characteristics. Also students should be able to communicate these
observations in a brief manner.
A wide selection of specimens from the lab's collection were used but in
ordinary classroom situations any found objects would be useful.
Enough 3 by 5 cards for the class.
Each student is to have a specimen jar in front of them at start of class
with a 3 by 5 card. They examine the specimen very closely. They are next
asked to write down a careful description of the specimen on the card. When
this has been completed students will hand in their cards. The instructor will
mix up the cards and then pass them out to the class again. The students will
read the cards and then try to match them to the specimen.
For each individual student, performance can be measured by the success they
have in matching their card to the appropriate specimen. Overall class
performance should not be less than 90%.
Students will need to observe their specimen and very carefully note those
characteristics which are significant and may not be confused with the other
specimens. Students that have difficulty matching their cards will learn what
they would need to do in order to make their description clearer. It will also
be seen that a system for describing organisms needs to be succinct and less
cumbersome. Again, this is an exercise that points out the need to classify and
how to go about it in a way that will enlighten rather than confuse.