Erase Threats to Endangered Animals

Erase Threats to Endangered Animals lesson plan

Take action! Create a book of facts to identify endangered animals, threats to their survival, and ways people can help.

  • 1.

    Students work in teams to research five animals that are endangered or threatened. Focus on one region or type of animal such as aquatic, feathered, or small mammal. Find out where the animals live, what threatens their survival, when the species was declared endangered or threatened, and what humans can do to erase the threats.

  • 2.

    Create book components. Measure heavy paper such into eight large fact cards. Cut out cards with Crayola® Scissors. Design one card for the cover. Fill in banners of color with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils and then erase the title of the book from the color. With two other cards, cut five strips as tall as the cards for binding.

  • 3.

    Design five fact cards. Plan unique designs or follow the same format for all five animals. Leave a border on the left. Color a banner across the top. Erase each animal's name in a banner. Describe or draw a map of the animal’s region. Color a second banner and erase the threat in it.

  • 4.

    Assemble the book. Fold five strips in half so the long edges meet. Then fold each long edge back to meet the fold. (From the end, the strip will look like an M.) Rub a Crayola Glue Stick over the outside flap of one strip. Press it on the left edge of one card. Glue the other outside flap and press the back left edge of another card on it. The folded strips hold the pages together. Continue attaching pages and the cover with the folded strips.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing one's own clearly.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • SS: Examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment, the use of land, building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.
  • SS: Identify and describe factors that contribute to cooperation and cause disputes within and among groups and nations.
  • SS: Explore causes, consequences, and possible solutions to persistent, contemporary, and emerging global issues, such as pollution and endangered species.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

Adaptations

  • Encourage students to draw a map of the world and identify areas that have chosen endangered animals inhabiting the land. What allows the endangered animals to live in those particular areas? Is it the climate? Vegetation? Other animals? Etc. Students research each of these questions and be prepared to discuss each animal with classmates.
  • Using digital cameras, have students travel on a field trip to the property that their school sits on. Students use the cameras to document the animals and insects found in the school neighborhood. Students identify plants and creatures that live there, discuss how they survive, and what already present in the local environment might threaten these plants and creatures.
  • Students research dangers that are known to be present in their local environment. Brainstorm what they can do to help lessen these threats. Make a list of these suggestions and post them in the classroom.