Review asexual reproduction with this escape room.
Asexual Reproduction - Valentine's Day - Escape Room
Woo, that's a long title!
February is the start of second semester here, which means I usually have a new class or two of Science 9. Our first unit is Reproduction, which starts with a quick review of cell organelles and introduction to mitosis (if you're looking for a GENETICS ESCAPE ROOM click here. It can be played with or without a Valentine Theme). Timing wise, we usually discuss asexual reproduction around Valentine's Day so I decided to make a holiday themed Escape Room. I chuckle at the idea of an asexual reproduction valentine activity, the organisms being clones and all, but I'm not sure my 9's will appreciate the humor.
I separate this chapter into i) plants that reproduce asexually, and ii) "other" organisms that reproduce asexually. This Escape Room is about the "other" organisms, so representatives from Kingdoms Bacteria, Protista, Fungi & Animalia. (I will be making a plant escape room in the future...). Students should know about budding, binary fission, spores plus the advantages & disadvantages to reproducing asexually. In one clue, students will need to calculate exponential population growth so some knowledge of powers is also required.
I created this game to be compatible with a Breakout EDU kit, so the game will require a few locks & boxes. I also decided to include two physical resources, a sponge & a slice of bread, instead of printed images. I felt these were easy items for teachers to acquire and, if I were a player, finding a piece of bread inside a lock box would make me scratch my head. You could of course substitute pictures if you prefer.
Game Setup instructions are included indicating which resources to print double-sided and what to cut, hide, hang, or put in lock boxes. There's also a 1-page summary of Game Flow with the lock combinations & a brief description of how to solve each clue. I like to keep this sheet with me during game play and/or give a copy to the educational assistant (if I have one!). There is a more detailed Answer Key for game combinations to refer to as well. I also provided labeled images of each resource (so when you're reading the setup/answer key you know what I'm talking about!) and a visual of the setup to use as a reference.