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Monster Manual is a fun way to introduce the fundamentals of genetics to a wide range of grade levels. The interactive game lets students build monsters while learning how information is packaged in complex codes that help to build and maintain living organisms. The center of the fun is a monster maker that students use to decode and build monsters. There are literally thousands of monster genomes that students can decode so there is little chance of students building the same monster.
Monster Manual includes two stories you can use to introduce the basic concepts of genetics. A Monster Story is perfect for younger students. How to Build a Monster is for middle school and older students.
For classrooms that do not have access to computers and the online Monster Builder, we have created a Monster Genome Generator. You can use this to build a set of Monster Genome worksheets. There are a total of 147,536 different monster combinations that are randomly created with this paper worksheet tool. It also creates the answer key for each worksheet.
Karla Moeller. (2011, September 20). For Teachers. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved March 26, 2019 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/body-depot/monster-manual_teachers
Karla Moeller. "For Teachers". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 20 September, 2011. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/body-depot/monster-manual_teachers
Karla Moeller. "For Teachers". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 20 Sep 2011. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 26 Mar 2019. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/body-depot/monster-manual_teachers