A Balancing Act
- Grades: 3–5
- Access prior knowledge about threatened, endangered, and extinct species.
- Categorize photos of living things onto a continuum with the main points (extinct, endangered, threatened, and safe) for use as a formative assessment.
- Generate a list of questions about endangered species.
- Sort various scenarios into categories.
- Develop a list of the five possible reasons why animals become extinct.
- Learn the acronym HIPPO as a way of remembering causes of extinction.
- Inquire about a specific endangered animal and how human choices play a role in their sustainability.
- Utilize the Internet and books to learn about an endangered animal.
- Create a presentation on an endangered animal.
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 2: Learning the Causes of Extinction
Have students prepare a poster about the animals they studied to go along with their endangered animal presentation. Hang these posters in a hallway and invite other classes to do a "gallery walk" of the posters.