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April 2, 2012, Issue
On Behalf of Elephants
Explore an essential question using a Scope article, a video, a Webquest, and more. Great for meeting Common Core State Standards!
Essential Question: What is our responsibility to animals?

Approximate time to complete lesson:
three to four class periods

Summary:
Students will watch and discuss a video about a motherless baby elephant that is rescued and brought to an elephant orphanage in Kenya. Next, students will read a Scope article about the orphanage and the problem of elephant poaching. After answering critical-thinking questions, students will discuss the essential question. They will then complete a Webquest to gather information to include in a letter they will write to an official on behalf of elephants.

Main objectives:
• to learn about an orphanage that helps elephants and understand the problem of poaching
• to think critically about humans’ responsibility to animals
• to gather information and ideas from multiple texts and media types
• to participate in class discussion
• to write an advocacy letter

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This digital lesson includes:

Video from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
• Digital version of “How to Save a Baby Elephant” to project
Scope worksheet “Critical-Thinking Questions”
Scope worksheet “Elephant Webquest”
Scope worksheet “Write for Elephants”

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