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Age Range 3-5 (PreK-K), 5-8 (grades 1-2), 8-11 (grades 3-5)
Group Size medium (6-20)
Setting indoors, outdoors
Setup Time short (0-5 min)
Duration medium (11-30 min)
Subjects evolution, adaptation
Key terms evolution, adaptation
Materials none
Alias super chicken
Presentation Style active, interactive, model, student led

Brief Description

Evolution is a game where students all start out as chickens. They play rock, paper scissors to evolve into the next lifeform. Students can only play against the same lifeform. Students who reach the top lifeform, which is a teenager, win the game.


  • To become a "sentient being"

This Is How You Play

  1. Demonstrate all five stages of development and how to act them out:1. an egg crouches down and has to walk crouched. 2.an amphibian can only hop around saying "ribbit".OR you can have thisstagebe a lizard insteadwhere you crawl on all fours and stick your tongue in and out. 3. a dinosaur can stand up to walk stiffly androar like T-Rex. 4.a chimpanzee hunches overa bit, swings their arms and goes "hun, hun, hun". 5. a human (or a teenager)can stand up and walk around looking cool. Everyone begins the game as an egg. Once they become a human they have won and stand to one side until the game is over.
  2. When you say"GO" each personhas to find another person who is the same stage as they are to play farkle (rock, paper, scissors). So when everyone is an egg, they just pair up. Whoever wins the farkle round moves up a stage to become an amphibian if they were an egg, a dinosaur if they were an amphibian, etc. Whoever loses the farkle round moves down a stage, but not lower than an egg. Then they find a partner at the same stage to do it again.
  3. The game will end when there is only one egg, one amphibian, one dinosaur, one chimpanzee and all the rest are humans. You can change the names of the stages if needed to tie the game into a lesson on some subject. You can also add stages if needed. Some versions have a chicken stage between the dinosaur and the chimpanzee.


Variations for Older Students

  • The variation "super chicken" follows this progression: Egg, Chick, Chicken, Super Chicken, Chickafilet, Elvis, Astronaut, Human


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