Endangered Species Project - NGSS

Endangered Species Project - NGSS
Endangered Species Project - NGSS
Endangered Species Project - NGSS
Endangered Species Project - NGSS
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In this activity NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned activity, students create a Recovery Plan for an endangered species of their choice. The plant requires students to 1) understand the natural history and geographical range of the organism 2) design a plan that accounts for the timeline, resources needed, and plan of action 3) come up with a way to measure if the plan is succeeding 4) discuss the importance of the species to its ecosystem


DCI’s: LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Cross Cutting Concepts: Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change

Scientific and Engineering Practices:

Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information


"Invasive Species Project" requires students to research and present on an invasive species of their choice.

Get it here: Invasive Species Project

"Adaptations Project" involves researching a specific organism's adaptations, and constructing a physical model of an adaptation. It is NGSS aligned.

Get it here: Adaptations Project

With "Ecosystem Site Map", students practice being field ecologists; creating a site map of the the local ecosystem.

Get it here: Ecosystem Site Map

Prior Knowledge: No specific prior knowledge is required

Materials and Setup: Students will need this download, and internet access.

Time Frame/Implementation:

Research/Creating the product: I usually give students two classes to do research and design their presentation. I give students the choice to make a brochure, a poster (tri-folds work well) or a Google Slides/PowerPoint presentation. That is up to the teacher, of course. I often have them choose a species on a first-come-first–serve basis , so that there are no duplicates. I’ve allowed partners some years, and have required that students work individually other years.

Presentation: It usually takes about one class to do presentations. I’ve done it two ways:

1. Students present to the entire class, one by one

2. Students all set up their posters/presentations. Then, half the class walks around listening to the other half give their presentations to small groups. Then they switch. This requires students to do their presentations multiple times to a smaller audience. It also requires a Chromebook, or something similar, for each student that created a Google Slides presentation.

Click the link below to see real examples of Endangered Species Recovery Plans. This is not necessarily a resources I would provide to students if you suspect that they will search for their species, and rely too heavily on the existing plan, rather than create their own.

Link to list of sample, real-life Recovery Plans

My students have a lot of fun with this activity. If yours liked it, there are more like this at my TpT store:


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