Extinct/Endangered Animals

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The lesson introduces students to extinct and endangered animals and the differences between each category.  Most students at this level become engaged in lessons related to animals.  As the list of endangered animals change from year to year, it may be necessary to update information related to endangered animals in the content pages.  The extinct animals most students know about, of course, are the dinosaurs.  The World Wildlife Fund organization has a list of endangered animals which is used for the lesson:  https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/directory?direction=desc&sort=extinction_status 

Extinct/Endangered Animals Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Extinct/Endangered Animals
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using Extinct/Endangered Animals
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 2-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to extinct and endangered animals and the differences between each category.  Most students at this level become engaged in lessons related to animals.  As the list of endangered animals change from year to year, it may be necessary to update information related to endangered animals in the content pages.  The extinct animals most students know about, of course, are the dinosaurs.  The World Wildlife Fund organization has a list of endangered animals which is used for the lesson:  https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/directory?direction=desc&sort=extinction_status 

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display one image of an animal with an abundant population, one endangered, and one extinct animal.  Ask:  What is the difference between the animals?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.  Many students will recognize the extinct animal is “no longer living”.  Lead the discussion to the difference between endangered and extinct versus the populous animal.
  3. Distribute Extinct and Endangered Animals content pages.  Read and review the information with the students.  Display the WWF website shown in the additional resources listing the various endangered animals.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Distribute Activity pages.  Read and review the instructions.  Distribute supplies and allow access to the Internet for images of the endangered animals.  Give students sufficient time to complete their drawings and list a few facts about each animal.
  5. Once completed, students will share at least one of their animals along with some facts about the animal.
  6. Distribute Practice page.  Check and review the students’ responses.
  7. Distribute the Homework page.  The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Spend extra time on Q. 8 – 10.
  8. In closing, ask:   Which of the endangered animals is one of your favorites?  What would you do to help save it?
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.
  10. Close the lesson showing one of the videos from the additional resources.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4 , CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7 , CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3 , CCSS.ELA- Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 , CCSS.ELA- Literacy.RI.4.4 , CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Science