Extinction

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Our Extinction Lesson Plan explores the different causes of extinction and gives examples of extinct animals. This engaging lesson enables students to define endangered and gives examples of endangered species.  Strengthen research skills as students contrast between surviving, endangered and extinct; and encourage idea sharing as students identify their favorite extinct animal.

Extinction Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Extinction.
  • Surviving or Endangered Animal Matching Activity
  • Extinction Practice Worksheet
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Our Extinction Lesson Plan explores the different causes of extinction and gives examples of extinct animals. This engaging lesson enables students to define endangered and gives examples of endangered species.  Strengthen research skills as students contrast between surviving, endangered and extinct; and encourage idea sharing as students identify their favorite extinct animal.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:

  1. Distribute the Extinction content page. Read and review with the students during the lesson.
  2. Stress the difference between extinct and endangered, as well as the different ways animals or plants can become extinct.
  3. Distribute the activity pages, scissors, glue/paste. The use of the Internet and or other sources may be helpful for students to distinguish between surviving, extinct, and endangered. For younger students, the activity may be completed together with the class.
  4. Once all students have completed the activity, allow students to share the names of the animals from each category.
  5. Distribute the Practice page, and depending on the grade level of students, they may work independently, in pairs, or circle the correct answers as it is read aloud during class.
  6. Once all students are completed, review the Practice page.
  7. In closing the lesson, ask students: What extinct animal is your favorite and why?
  8. Allow every student to respond. You may also include additional information about helping to prevent endangered animals from becoming extinct.
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Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.B, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.4,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.5,  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.ELALiteracy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELALiteracy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 or 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Science