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Name: ______________________________ Cohort: _______

Evolution Storybook Project


(100 Points)
For this project, you will be making a childrens storybook about a species
you create. This project is due on: ________________________

How You Will Be Evaluated


Excellent
Cover Page
(0-5
points)
Page 1:
Species
Creation
(0-10
points)
Page 2:
Variation
and
Adaptation
s
(0-10
points)
Page 3:
Natural
Selection
(0-10
points)
Page 4:
Change in
Environme
nt
(0-10
points)
Page 5:
Extinction
(0-10
points)

Glossary:
(0-5
points)

Has correct title


Has species name
Has a great colored
drawing of species in
environment
Has names and cohort
Species drawn in
environment
At least 5 organisms
Information is accurate
and descriptive
Words are underlined
Great quality drawings
Each organism is
slightly different
2 organisms have
adaptation
Adaptation is labeled
Information is accurate
and descriptive
Words are underlined
Great quality drawings
Organisms going
through natural
selection
Information is accurate
and descriptive
Words are underlined
Great quality drawings
Change in environment
is drawn/obvious
Information is accurate
and descriptive
Words are underlined
Great quality drawings
Show members going
extinct and shows
fossils
Information is accurate
and descriptive
Words are underlined
Great quality drawings
Glossary is complete
with 9 words about
evolution. Each word is
in alphabetical order
and has a definition.

Good

Acceptable

Unacceptable

Missing/Did
Not Follow
Directions
No points
earned.

Cover page is missing


1of the requirements
OR quality is not
excellent.

Cover page is missing 2


requirements OR quality
is only okay.

Cover page is missing 3


requirements OR quality is
low.

Missing 1 of the
requirements, but
information is almost all
accurate, but not quite
complete. Pictures
explain the information.
Colored and okay
presentation.
Missing 1 of the
requirements, but
information is almost all
accurate, but not quite
complete. Pictures
explain the information.
Colored and okay
presentation.

Missing 2 of the
requirements, and
information is only half
accurate and incomplete.
Pictures kind of explain
the information. Semicolored and average
presentation.
Missing 2 of the
requirements, and
information is only half
accurate and incomplete.
Pictures kind of explain
the information. Semicolored and average
presentation.

Missing 3 of the
requirements and
information is not accurate
and incomplete. No pictures
or pictures are hard to
decipher information. Little
to no color and poor
presentation.
Missing 3 of the
requirements and
information is not accurate
and incomplete. No pictures
or pictures are hard to
decipher information. Little
to no color and poor
presentation.

No points
earned.

Missing 1 of the
requirements, but
information is almost all
accurate, but not quite
complete. Pictures
explain the information.
Colored and okay
presentation.
Missing 1 of the
requirements, but
information is almost all
accurate, but not quite
complete. Pictures
explain the information.
Colored and okay
presentation.
Missing 1 of the
requirements, but
information is almost all
accurate, but not quite
complete. Pictures
explain the information.
Colored and okay
presentation.
Glossary has only a max
of 8 words about
evolution. Each word is
in alphabetical order
and has a definition

Missing 2 of the
requirements, and
information is only half
accurate and incomplete.
Pictures kind of explain
the information. Semicolored and average
presentation.
Missing 2 of the
requirements, and
information is only half
accurate and incomplete.
Pictures kind of explain
the information. Semicolored and average
presentation.
Missing 2 of the
requirements, and
information is only half
accurate and incomplete.
Pictures kind of explain
the information. Semicolored and average
presentation.
Glossary has only a max
of 5 words about
evolution. Each word is
not in alphabetical order
and definitions are
incomplete

Missing 3 of the
requirements and
information is not accurate
and incomplete. No pictures
or pictures are hard to
decipher information. Little
to no color and poor
presentation.
Missing 3 of the
requirements and
information is not accurate
and incomplete. No pictures
or pictures are hard to
decipher information. Little
to no color and poor
presentation.
Missing 3 of the
requirements and
information is not accurate
and incomplete. No pictures
or pictures are hard to
decipher information. Little
to no color and poor
presentation.
Glossary has only a few
words that are not in
alphabetical order and the
definitions are very
incomplete.

No points
earned.

No points
earned.

No points
earned.

No points
earned.

No points
earned.

Page-by-Page Check List

COVER PAGE
Title of the book (The Life & Evolution of the) in nice lettering
Your species name (must use Greek & Latin roots!)
A colored drawing of your species and its environment (must have at least 5organisms of your
species)
Name and cohort in BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER

PAGE 1: SPECIES CREATION


Draw your species in its environment (must have at least 2 organisms of your species)
Write at least 3 sentences to answer:

What is the Greek/Latin name of your species and what does this name mean in
Greek/Latin?
o (The name of my species is)

What does your species eat?


o (My species eats)

What environment does your species live in the world (country/continent)?


o (My species lives.)
Underline the words: species and environment

PAGE 2: VARIATION and ADAPTATION


Draw at least 3 organisms of your species; each with a slightly different version of a trait.
Draw 2 of your organisms that have the adaptation for the environment.
Label the adaptation in your drawing.
Write at least 5 sentences to answer:

What is variation? What are the variations in your species?


o (Variation is differences. The variations in my species are)

What is an adaptation? What adaptations does your species have that helps it to
survive?
o (An adaptation is a trait that helps for survival and reproduction. My species
adaptation is)

Why is this adaptation important?


o (My species needs this adaptation because)
Underline the words: variation, adaptation, and trait

PAGE 3: NATURAL SELECTION


Draw your species going through natural selection: the organisms with the adaptation must be
having offspring, and those without the adaptation must be dying.
Write at least 2 sentences to answer:

Why are some organisms reproducing and others are dying?


o (Some organisms do better than others because they have adapted to the
environment by)

What is natural selection?


o (Natural selection is the process by which organisms that are better adapted
are more likely to)
Underline the words: natural selection, adapted, and environment

PAGE 4: CHANGE in ENVIRONMENT


Draw your species going through one of the following changes in environment:

New predator

Increased competition

Loss of habitat
Write at least 3 sentences to answer:

What was the original environment like? How did the environment change?

(The environment changed because there was a.)

How could the environment changing cause problems for your species?

(This ______(loss of habitat/new predator/increased competition)_______ was a


problem because)
What new adaptations does your species need to be able to survive?

(In order to survive, my species would need a new adaptation that.)

Underline the words: environment, and (new predators OR loss of habitat OR


competition)

PAGE 5: EXTINCTION
Draw the same environment as page 4, but show your species going extinct
Draw a few fossils of your species
Write at least 3 sentences to answer:

What is extinction? Why did your species go extinct?


o (My species went extinct because.)

What adaptations would your species have needed in order to have survived?
o (In order to survive, my species would have needed)

What evidence exists now to prove that your species existed?


o (Scientists now know that my species existed because there is evidence
through the __________ record.)
Underline the word: extinct/extinction

PAGE 6: GLOSSARY
Your glossary must include the following 9 words and definitions in alphabetical order:
Adaptation, Environment, Evolution, Extinction, Fossils, Natural Selection, Species, Trait and
Variation.
Find the definitions in your notebook, in the textbook, or put it in your own words!

Circle a challenge from the choices below for your species:


Species A: A species of fish that lives in tropical coral and needs some protection from larger fish that
prey on it.
Species B: A species of mammal that must find food at night. Adapt it so that it can see well or move
quietly to hunt other animals or keep from being hunted.
Species C: A species of bird needs to be able to capture insects that live in hard to reach spaces.
Species D: A species reptile is cold blooded and needs to warm up quickly in the sun so that it can get
moving. Find a way to maximize the sunlight.
Species E: A species of insect living in the rain forest needs a special skin to blend in.

Name your species using Greek/Latin roots:


________________________________
a(n)- without
acanth- prickle
acer- without horns
acri- acrid, sharp
adipo- fat
aegopod- goat-foot
al(i)- wing
alb- white
alopec- fox
altissim- tall
amplex- clasping
andr- male
angusti- narrow
anser- geese
arach- spider
arthro- joint
ater, atra- black
aur- ear, gold
avi- bird
bdella- sucker
bell- pretty
bi- two
bov- ox
brachi- arm
brachy- short
branch- gill
brevi- short
bucca- mouth cavity
bullat- wrinkled
cani- dog
cap(it)- head
capill- hair
cauda- tail
cera(s)(t)- horn
cerc- horns, lobes, short

tail
cerebro- brain
cerv- neck
ch(e)ir- hand
chel- turtle
cheno- goose
chil- lip
corn- horn
corp- body
crani- skull
crass- thick
crispus curled
cyan- blue
cycl- circular
cyno- dog
delphis- dolphin
dent- tooth
derm- skin
digit- finger
don't- tooth
dors- back
dulci- sweet
duo- two
dur- hard
echino- spiny
entolenter- inside
equi- horse, equal
feli- cat
gale- weasel
gast(e)r- stomach,
pouch
glo(ss/tt)- tongue
glut- sticky
hamat- hook
heira- hawk

helminth- worm
hetero- different
hippo- horse
hirsut- hairy
homal- flat
hyo- U-shaped
leo(n)- lion
lepid- scale
lepto- slender
leuc- white
ling- tongue
lip- fat
mala- cheek
manu- hand
maritim- of the sea
marsupium- pouch
masseter- chewer
mat(e)ri- mother
maxi- large
maxill- jaw
medi- medium
mega- large
mel(l)i- honey
melan- black
micro- small
muri- mouse
narls- nose
nema- hair
odont- tooth
omm- eye
omo- shoulder
oo- egg
ophi- snake
ophthalmo- eye
or- mouth

ovi- sheep
oxys, oxus- sharp,
pointed
pachy- thick
pect(or)- chest
pisc- fish
plum- feather
pod- foot
polio- grey
poll(ex)- thumb
porc- pig
quadr- four
quarter- four
quin)- five
rach- spine
ran- frog
repens- crawling
retro- behind, backward
rhin- nose, snout
rhodo- red
sex- six
simi- monkey
sol- sun
soma- body
sphinct- closing
spinos- spiny
squam- scale
tetr- four
thalass- sea
trago- goat
tri- three
ungui- nail, claw
ventr- belly

Organism WITH the Adaptation

Organisms WITHOUT the Adaptation

Variation (Homework for Monday 3/9/15!)

Storybook Plot Diagram (Homework for Tuesday 3/10/15)