Educator Resources for Life Preservers

In Life Preservers, players learn about evolution, adaptation, and the history of life on Earth as they try to protect fascinating creatures from the age of dinosaurs and the age of mammals from an invasion of alien species. The Life Preservers game guides learners to think about questions of evolution and adaptation in a carefully designed order. Far more is available to be learned than just the answer to the specific questions, but by following the guided train of thought, learners become accustomed to new ways of thinking about species and how they are adapted to their environments. Players explore a carefully selected content domain (parts of the Tree of Life containing only selected critters). And they answer questions in each round that guide them to think about key concepts in evolution. Critical thinking is reinforced by narrated, animated scenes that reiterate key learning concepts.

Adaptations and Natural Selection Lesson Plan: Life Preservers Game

Lesson Plan Summary In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore how invasive species can have devastating effects on earth. Students will investigate how one species can affect another and deepen their understanding of evolution within the context of adaptation through the online game 'Life Preservers.' Students then create their own animal species cards which can be used to design a game of their own. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »