Students research the difference between alligators and crocodiles. Students can use Crayola colored pencils, crayons, pastels, or markers to illustrate their research. This research presentation should include a compare/contrast list of the differences.
Students will read about The Endangered Species Act of 1973. Possible website: Kids Planet located at http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/esa.html. Students will create a written summary of how an animal becomes registered as an endangered species.
Students , individually or in small groups, will gather information about the American alligator, its habitat, eating habits, habitat, etc. From 1973 through 1987, when it was taken off the list. Why was it removed from the list? Consider changes in the reptile's habitat, human influence, etc. Write a summary of your findings. Audio tape your summary and link it to electronic photographs of the American Alligator. Save this file on a classroom computer for future viewing.
Students, individually or in small groups, research other animals that had once been included in the list of endangered species and have since been removed from that list. Research these animals, noting their habitats, food supply, human influence, etc. Create a paper presentation for posting in the classroom which summarizes information about these animals. This writing could be in bullet format for quick viewing. A student illustrated picture of the animal should be included with this writing piece.
Pollutants have been blamed for the destruction of alligator habitats. Students can research pollutants in native alligator habitats. Students can use this research to write letters to their legislators asking for help in keeping waterways clean and free of pollution. Copies of student letters can be posted in the classroom for viewing.
To accompany their model of an alligator, students can write significant facts about the reptile. These will be displayed with the alligator model.
Students research the American Alligator and the Chinese Alligator. If the American Alligator model is complete, students can make a model of the Chinese Alligator. Researched facts of each can be posted for display.
Expand student research by including the alligator and the crocodile. Have students seek facts that show the similarities and differences between the two. If time permits, encourage students to made a model of the crocodile and display it next to the alligator's model, with researched facts posted for both.