Compare and learn facts and figures about organisms with EOL Species Cards. Students can collect cards or play games to learn about classification and adaptations. Decks have been made for specific locations, projects or taxonomic groups. View cards online or download to print. See below to find ideas for games and lesson plan activities using Species Cards. Let us know what kinds of species cards you'd like to see on EOL!
How to Use Species Cards
Build Food Chains
Explore different food web roles: primary producers, consumers (herbivore, omnivore, carnivore, apex predator, scavenger), decomposers/detritivores. Have students read about energy sources on cards and from other sources, and use the information to build food chains, and overlapping food chains to build food webs.
Some card decks contain information on physical and behavioral adaptations of animals, as well as information about adaptations for growth and development of plants and fungi.
Sort cards into different groups based on characteristics. Cards are color-coded for fungi, plants, and major animal groups. Students can start at a high taxonomic level and separate cards by kingdom, phylum, etc. They can observe similarities and differences among species within a group (birds, mammals, flowering plants).
Create Your Own Cards
Print out our blank cards template and have students or participants make their own cards from something they observe in the field or create their own creatures.