Endangered Animals: A Student Research Unit
- Grades: 3–5
There are five major causes of animal extinction. Students will learn about these causes and the animals that are, and have been, affected by them. Students are always interested in endangered and extinct animals.
- 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.