Teacher Review For Who Wants to Live a Million Years?

Fun way introduce and engage students in natural selection with a game that students can pick up quickly.

Samir B.
Assistant Principal
Richmond Hill HS, Queens, NY
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Great with General
Low literacy
How I Use It
I have students try the game as we begin the topic of Evolution and Natural Selection. I give a short questionnaire that allows them to explain what happens as they proceed though the game and then to search for some answers by reading through the informative text presented on the site. Towards the end of the unit I have them play the game again, but this time to see if their survivability increases as they develop understandings of variation and mutation.
My Take
It makes for an engaging and memorable game for students to interact with, though it will not suffice as a single source of information on the subject. The text is fairly straihtforward, but teacher would have to be prepared to give some support for ELL and Special Ed students.