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Everyone loves a good Bingo game. Play our Earth Day Bingo
to celebrate Earth Month!

     Match the environmental definitions to the corresponding terms to achieve Bingo.

Materials Needed:
     Photocopies of the blank Bingo Game Card (page 2)
     Photocopies of the list of terms and definitions (pages 3 & 4) with one copy to be
     cut up as Calling Cards
     Bingo markers (e.g. banana chips, dry pasta, small stones)
     Scissors and pens

1. Create your Calling Cards by cutting up pages 3 & 4 into little slivers and put them into a container.
Each sliver (Calling Card) should display a term and its definition.

2. Establish with the students on what constitutes Bingo: one line, two lines, four corners, L-shape or
black out. Do not put anything in the free space. Tell the students not to clear their Bingo Game Cards
when someone calls bingo until it has been verified. (This prevents any upsets in case a student marks
the wrong definition on their card.)

3. Hand out copies of the list of terms and definitions and review them with the students.

4. Give each student a blank Bingo Game Card. Have the students make up their own Bingo Game Card
by filling in each square with a term found on the list. Each term can only be used once and there are
more terms than squares. (This allows for more diversity in each of the bingo cards.)

5. When the students have their Bingo Game Cards ready, tell them to put their list of terms
and definitions away.

6. From the container, pull out the Calling Cards one by one and read out only the definitions. If the
students have the corresponding term on their card that matches the definition, they should mark that
square with their bingo markers.

7. The first student to achieve Bingo wins.
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Adaptation: A special feature or behaviour developed by organisms to help them survive in a particular

Alpine: Relating to high mountains.

Amphibian: An animal that typically lives partially in an aquatic habitat (breathing by gills) as young
and primarily in a terrestrial habitat (breathing by lungs and through moist skin) as an adult (e.g. frogs).

Atmosphere: A thin layer of gases above and around the Earth. It is between outer space and the Earth.

Bark: The tough, corky, outer skin that covers tree trunks, branches and twigs.

Biodiversity: The variety of life on Earth. "Bio" means life and "diversity" means difference.

Biologist: A person who studies living organisms and their relationships to one another.

Biome: A large area with similar plants and animals that can live in a certain kind of environment.

Botanist: A biologist who studies plants.

Carbon dioxide: A colourless, odourless, tasteless gas that is produced when animals exhale and
when fuels burn, and is used by plants to make food. This is a "greenhouse gas.”

Climatologist: A scientist who studies the climate.

Community: All the plants and animals in a particular habitat that are bound together
by food chains and other interactions.

Deciduous Tree: Generally, a tree that loses all of its leaves for part of the year.
Sometimes called a broad-leaf tree or a hardwood tree (e.g. Maple, Beech, Birch and Oak).

Deforestation: The complete destruction and total clearing of all forests within a region.

Diurnal: Active during the day.

Ecosystem: A group of living organisms (plants, animals and microorganisms) that interact among
themselves and with the environment in which they live (soil, climate, water and light).

Endangered: Describes an organism that is in danger of disappearing from the face of the earth
if its situation is not improved.

Extirpated: Describes an organism that is no longer found in a wild area where it used to live
(and where it belongs), but is found somewhere else.

Food Chain: A sequence of feeding relationships between organisms in an ecosystem.
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Fossil Fuels: Fuels formed from the partially decomposed remains of plants and animals buried
in the earth over an extremely long period of time (e.g. coal, oil, natural gas).

Habitat: The area in which a species lives.

Herbivores: Animals that rely on plants and plant parts for their nourishment.

Landfill: An enormous pit where trash is buried under shallow layers of dirt.

Meteorologist: A scientist who studies the weather.

Migration: The periodic movement of groups of animals (especially birds or fishes) from one region
to another for feeding or breeding.

Nocturnal: Active during the night.

Non-renewable energy sources: Energy sources that are limited and that cannot be replaced
once they are used up (e.g. coal, oil, natural gas).

Omnivorous: Describes an organism that eats both animal and plant foods.

Pesticide: A chemical substance that is used to kill pests, such as insects, rodents or weeds
so as to protect crops or plants.

Population: All of the members of one species found in a particular area at a particular time.

Pollutant: A substance that can make air, land or water dirty or impure.

Predator: An animal that hunts and kills other animals for food.

Prey: Any animal that is caught and eaten by another animal.

Recycle: To process and treat discarded materials so that they can be used again.

Renewable energy sources: Natural energy sources that can be replaced (e.g. wind, solar,
geothermal and tidal energy).

Waste: Any unwanted materials that are deemed worthless; otherwise known as garbage.

Wetlands: Low-lying areas, (including bogs, marshes, swamps or ponds), that are saturated
with moisture and provide food-rich habitats for a wide variety of plants and animals.

Zoologist: A biologist who studies animals.

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