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Spatial Migration Game
try to demonstrate and guess different migratory species.
Guiding Question: Why
are there different types of migration?
Students will understand
species use different types of migration depending on their
own life histories, environment and climate.
Group size: small
groups of 3-4.
masking tape, desks grouped together into "mountains".
- The teacher should review Migration
Basics and present to the students the different types of
spatial migration. It may be helpful to review longitude and latitude
with the students before you begin this game.
- Using the information already gathered on various migratory
animals from previous activities, students should write down on
index cards the name of a migratory animal and the general route
of migration. For example, humpback whales are longitudinal migrants
that move from Alaska to Hawaii each year.
- Have students set up the room so that it represents the western
hemisphere of the earth, marking the equator and the major longitude
and latitude lines with masking tape. There should also be some
"mountains" arranged for North and South America as well as Canada
- This game is played like charades except the students act out
the migration patterns of the animals and the other teams guess
One team picks a card and demonstrates how the animal moves during
its migration. Allow the students a little time to consult and
prepare exactly what they want to present. A globe should be available
so that students can move correctly along the latitudinal and
The other teams have to guess what animal it is based on the clues
presented. Clues could include the latitude where the animal is
located or students can pretend to be the animal, etc.
The team that identifies the animal correctly must also identify
which type of spatial migration occurs. If they are correct then
they receive a point.
- What types of migration occur in the animal world?
- Why do these different types exist?