Monster Mash

Students will classify species of monsters using a creature dichotomous key.

What You Need

  • Pictures of monsters (mythological creatures, cryptozoological beasts, classic horror monsters, etc.)
  • A dichotomous key
  • Paper and pencil

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What To Do

  1. Hand out copies of the dichotomous key to students to use as reference.
  2. Given pictures and descriptions of monsters (you can use as many as you would like), students will determine which animal group each monster fits into according to the monster's characteristics.
  3. Students can fill out answers on their paper, with a fill-in table with rows for each monster and columns of possible classifications.

Discovery

What's Happening?

Many "monsters" are based on real animals! Using their animal-like characteristics we can guess which animal group they best fit into.

Did You Know?

Cryptozoology is the study of "hidden animals" or creatures whose existence has not been proven yet.

 

 

What's Happening?

Many "monsters" are based on real animals! Using their animal-like characteristics we can guess which animal group they best fit into.

Did You Know?

Cryptozoology is the study of "hidden animals" or creatures whose existence has not been proven yet.

 

 

Resources

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