Creature of the Week
1991 Woodrow Wilson Biology Institute
- To familiarize students with the wildlife that exists in their immediate environment.
- To gain an understanding of the impact that man has had on his local environment by gathering data on wildlife.
- To increase awareness of the dependence of humans on wildlife.
Creature of the Week sheets; 5" x 7" notecards; pen/pencil; Fieldbook of Natural History by E. Laurence Palmer; Peterson Field guides to birds, reptiles and amphibians, and mammals. Other textbooks and field guides can be used as supplements.
- Place one name of an organism from your local environment on a 5" x 7" notecard. Place the notecard on the bulletin board in your classroom at the beginning of each week.
- Place a stack of blank Creature of the Week sheets on a desk or counter in your classroom. (Save paper---use both sides--good for 2 weeks)
- Place textbooks and field guides in Media Center/Library. Recommend placing textbooks on a reserve basis only!!
- Students must go to the Media Center/Library outside of class to complete Creature of the Week Sheet. This will encourage students to use Media Center/Library.
- Creature of the Week sheets are to be completed and collected by Friday of each week.
Teacher has several options for evaluation:
- Take a weekly grade on each Creature of the Week Sheet.
- Give weekly quiz on Friday over that particular Creature of the Week (option-allow students to use the sheet they have completed).
- Give a quiz/test at the end of your grading period over all of the accumulated Creatures of the Week.
- Teacher can substitute plants in place of wildlife,
- Teacher can contact local Division of Wildlife or Park Service to have speaker presentation.
- Do lesson on significance of protective coloration.
- Compile list on bulletin board of how wildlife is beneficial to man.
- Study trophic levels- producers, consumers, decomposers- build food web (including humans) for your local environment,
Creature of the Week Sheet
| Scientific Name:|
| Description : size,weight, color:|| Food-Diet|
| Length:|| Circle one of the following:|
Carnivore Herbivore Omnivore
| Height:|| Main food items: |
| Unique Characteristics:|| Reproduction |
| Gestation period: |
| Miscellaneous:|| Number of Young: |
| Incubation Period:|
| Beneficial to Man:|| Number of eggs: |
| Dangerous:|| Male-Female Characteristics: |
| Who is larger?|
| Circle one of the following:|
| Permanent Resident: Yes No |
| Class: (circle one) Insect Fish Amphibian Reptile Bird Mammal|