is a set of fun, general knowledge task cards.
Questions are based on 25 potentially dangerous animals in our wondrous world. The 5 categories are arranged by continents (please note that Europe is omitted due to its comparatively safe animal world, while Australia stands alone in representing the Oceania continent).
- South America
- North America
The dangerous animals included in Set 1:
Jaguar, golden poison frog, fer-de-lance, fire ants, giant otter, blue-ringed octopus , inland taipan, saltwater crocodile, pufferfish, redback spider, black mamba, cape buffalo, African elephant, mosquito, cheetah, Komodo dragon, sloth bear, king cobra, Asian wild water buffalo, leopard, wolf, rattlesnake, Portuguese man o’war, cougar, grizzly bear.
- 25 Multiple Choice Task Cards and 1 Title Card
- Student Sheet
- Answer Key
- PDF and PNG Files
- Print, laminate and cut the individual cards (p. 2-8)
- Print out just the questions for the students (p. 9-10).
- Students progressively research their answers on the internet (some questions require creative and skilful research skills!) Teachers may wish to have students work in pairs to research their answers. It is helpful if a time limit for research is imposed to ensure students stay on task. To make it challenging, I make it only about 30 or 45 minutes, so students need to be strategic with the questions they research.
- From experience, this is a much better learning experience. There appears to be so much more student satisfaction when students actually know an answer that they have found during their research as opposed to giving it their best guess.
- Even without assigning the research questions first, the task cards by themselves have still proved be a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging activity.
- At the end, students can check their answers with the answer key and add up their totals.
- The quiz could also be used as an ice-breaker for a new group of students, as a staff team-building activity or end-of-year gathering.
- Teachers can of course adapt the quiz and the rules to better suit their classroom environment.