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Create - a - Species

Project
Using evidence from evolution, create a species from the past.

What,
Where, and
Why
As you have learned,
species adapt to their
environments on
many different levels
to include physical
and behavioral
changes. The
environment includes
the habitat, the
weather, and the
other animals that
live within the area.
Think of these of
things when
considering some of
the adaptations of you
species.

Create - a - Species SOP/ Checklist

Watch The Future is Wild Video Clip

Receive your assignment animal type, environment, and


Geological time

Research your environment

Complete the Animal Adaptations Template (155 pts)

Create a drawing or digital representation of your species (125


pts)

Cross check your project with checklist of requirements/ rubric

Create a news article telling the world about the newly


discovered species (Google Docs)

Turn in

Project Checklist
Research environment. Know climate
(temperature), habitat, inhabitants,
predators, prey (if applicable), geologic
hazards, etc.

Determine specific characteristics of


created species to include:

Color
Size
Body Structure
Vocals

Determine 6 adaptations that your


created species would have. You must
have an explanation for each adaptation
that relates directly with behavior or the
environment.

Scoring
All scoring will be done on a
0 4 scale using the rubric
below for the picture of the
created species.
Points

Requirements

No adaptations/
explanation not
provided or does
not relate to
environment or
behavior

1-2 adaptations/
explanations not
consistent with
environment or
behavior

3-4 adaptions/
explanations
partially
consistent with
environment and
behavior

5-6 adaptations/
explanations
partially
consistent with
environment and
behavior

6 adaptations
given with
explanations that
match
environmental
and behavioral
factors

Complete the Animal Adaptations


Template

Classification (5th & 6th required): You will


need a to have the names of your species
from Class to Species. This can be done on
an inverted pyramid or simply listed.

Extra Credit 3D or model animals or


animals that have extreme detail work can
receive up to 25pts extra credit.

Criteria

Points

Color

10

1-2 Adaptations

25-50pts

3-4 Adaptations

50-75pts

5-6 Adaptations

75-100pts

6 Adaptations

100-25pts

Classification

20pts

*Creativity (Extra
Credit)

Up to 25pts

Where on Earth did they live?

Animal Adaptation Information Sheet

Important facts learned from their fossils

News Article

Please use the following format to create your news article:


You should have at least 5 sentences
Use proper vocabulary and terminology
A picture is not needed
You should provide the following in your article:
The name of your species
Where it was found
Environment it lived in
Give examples of at least two adaptations found on the animal
(physical)
Extra Credit: Provide a fact-based classification break down
from Domain to Species (scientific names) of your new species. (+
25 pts)

Google Doc Version of News Article Template (click here)

Member of the Asscoiated


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ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY NEWSPAPER


Est. 1869

Wednesday, November 24, 1892

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Price 6d

A NEW SPECIES HAS BEEN DISCOVERED


Insert your information here.

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