© Nov 2010
Alan S.L. Wong
This is my attempt to create a food chains card game which is basically who eats who? (predator-prey) and where? (habitat). The earth has many different natural regions called habitats. For the purpose of this game, these habitats are classified into arctic, deserts, grasslands, mountains and rainforests.|
This game has been played only in my mind and not in reality so there may be a fair bit of kinks. Appreciate your comments via feedback form on how to improve the game ... the cards and the rules.
WHAT WORKED BEST IN THE CLASSROOM:
The following is a feedback and suggestion from a visitor:
Comments: I'm impressed by the amount of work you put into each card! All the links work and it's easy to navigate.
What worked best in the classroom: Print the cards for each habitat and keep separate. Then, have 5-6 students work with each habitat separately. This eliminates the need for the habitat switch card.
Then, each student plays a card simultaneously. They must read the diet and predators of their cards to determine who takes what cards.
For example, if a player plays plants and the rest play carnivores, the player who plays plants gets to keep his or her card while the others decide which card eats which. They collect all the cards they consume, even the ones that would be eaten by another card first. It helps demonstrate the food chain a lot better!
Name: Casey Quigley from Colorado, USA
The following scenarios were encountered by Susan Damron from Los Angeles, CA.
"I thought you might be interested in some follow up comments/questions based on how the kids played today. First, we had 33 kids so we had to shuffle and use all the cards. We separated the kids into 4 game teams. Based on the number of cards and the number of kids, each kid had 7 cards."
Scenario #1: Player 1 plays a lion, Player 2 plays a plant (which according to your rules is a draw), Player 3 plays the Hunter card and Player 4 plays the Sun card.
My Answer: Since it is a draw for Players 1 and 2, both cards remain on the table. Player 3 plays the hunter card which "eats" the "plant" on the top; he also takes the "sun" card. Then Player 4 "sun" card will win whatever card Player 5 plays.
Scenario #2: Player 1 (P1) play a small carnivore, P2 played a plant - which creates a draw, P3 played another small carnivore, but it weighed more than P1's animal so P3's animal won, then P4 played a larger carnivore. Play ended with P4 winning but the question is what happens to P2's plant card?
My Answer: P1 - small carnivore; P2 - plant >> a draw ... both cards remain on the table with P2 plant card on top. P3 - another small carnivore will draw with the top card (P2 plant card) ... all 3 cards remain on the table with P3 carnivore card is on top of the pile. P4 - a larger carnivore which will eat the top card (P3 small carnivore) >> P4 takes all 3 cards.
Scenario #3: In this round, we had an ape that was omnivorous and a tree frog that was a carnivore. According to the rules, the carnivore wins over the omnivore, but this seemed rather odd that a frog would beat out an ape. Thoughts??
My Answer: Carnivore wins omnivore is a general rule. For specific rules, look at the "Diet" and "Predator(s)" in the respective cards. In the above scenario, it would be a draw >> both cards remain on table.
Scenario #4: A player leads with a mountain lion. The next 3 subsequent players passed having no mountain habitat plants/animals, hunter, sun, or change habitat cards. The 4th student did have a change habitat card and played it. Play continued to the food chains conclusion. The question is, what happens to the mountain lion card that was played? Does the player pull it back, does it stay on the table? Does the winner take it?
My Answer: The mountain lion card remains on the table. The challenge is always with the card on the top of the pile. Yes, winner takes all.
"These clarifications were very helpful. Again, thanks for a great game that was fun and educational for the kids. I am looking forward to doing again with next year's crop of kids. I will be checking back in to your website for any evolution of your rules and any new habitats/organisms. Great job, thanks so much."