From pandas to penguins, as many as 6,000 plant and animal species become extinct each year. How can you help to erase the problem of these endangered creatures?
Younger children and those with disabilities will find it helpful to see lots of photographs of and read stories about endangered or extinct animals. When possible, visit local areas where animal habitats are endangered.
Research the efforts being made to protect endangered animals such as the African elephant and the humpback whale. Learn the names of environmental groups that help solve these problems and find out what they do. Perhaps your class could raise money to send to a local agency or volunteer your services.
Find out which animals, birds, and insects are in danger of becoming or are extinct. Draw pictures of several. Link pictures with yarn to a world map to see where species are vanishing.
Invite knowledgeable people from local environmental agencies to speak. Perhaps building of new homes threatens wetlands where a specific type of turtle or bird has its habitat. Find out what can be done by individuals to prevent this loss.
Assessment: Ask students to draw five animals that are endangered (excluding dinosaurs). Next to each picture write a few sentences on why the creature could be lost and what could be done to save it.
Students learn why many animals, insects, and birds are becoming extinct. They understand the importance of the food chain and how disturbing one area of it can cause havoc with wildlife.
Students discover how they can make a difference in protecting endangered species by respecting animal habitats and teaching others to do the same.
Students draw a scene depicting ways to erase the worldwide problem of endangered animals.
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