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Endangered Species Unit: Primate Lesson Plan

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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HUGE endangered species unit with science, readings, math, geography, masks, power points, take action posters, info chart, and more!

Through extensive interdisciplinary activities, students raise their awareness of environmental issues and what they can do to spread awareness about endangered species. Using science, balanced literacy, math, geography, art, oral and written communication skills, students learn about real world problems involving endangered species—and how to find creative solutions.

This unit includes 69 pages of common core-aligned activities and answer keys!

- Introduction to Endangered Primates Unit
- Common Core Standards
- Power Point Presentation to Introduce Unit
- 3 Separate Science Informational Reading Exercises: Roloway Monkey, Silky Sifaka, Cotton-Top Tamarin
- Info Grids to be Used with Readings
- Info Grids Answer Key
- Group Presentations on Readings
- Problem-to-Action Power Point Presentation
- Problem-to-Action Visual Organizer/Activity
- Problem-to-Action Activity Teacher's Guide
- Detailed Coloring Sheets on 3 Primates
- Take Action! Poster Activity
- Endangered Primate Mask Templates
- Alphabetical Order Activity with Key Science Terms
- Alphabetical Order Activity Answer Key
- Science Career Path Matching Game
- Science Career Path Matching Game Answer Key
- Endangered Species Word Problem Worksheet
- Word Problem Worksheet Answer Key
- Estimating Fun! Math Worksheets (Numerical and Word Problems related to endangered species)
- Estimating Fun! Answer Key
- Endangered Species/Environmental Journal Prompts Printable
- What Makes a Primate? Handwriting Sheets
- Endangered Animal WebQuest
- Mapping Endangered Primates Geography Activity
- Mapping Endangered Primates Geography Activity Answer Key

1) Students will be introduced to endangered species and 3 specific endangered primates with vocabulary and concepts in a power point

2) Students will read grade-level, non-fiction, scientific reading passages about one of the following endangered primates: Cotton-Topped Tamarin, Sifaka Lemur, Roloway Monkey. In groups, they will fill out a visual organizer "Info Grid" on their primate.

3) They will present their primate to the class; the class will fill in the Info Grid with information from the class presentations.

4) Students will participate in a Problem-to-Action activity with a power point and brainstorming worksheet focusing on deforestation and preventing extinction of endangered species.

5) Students will make masks of the 3 endangered primates in this unit, with adorable templates.

6) Students can color detailed coloring sheets of the 3 endangered primates in this unit to be used in their posters.

7) After learning about endangered species and discussing possible solutions, students make "Take Action" posters to spread awareness using the knowledge they've learned.

8) Students practice alphabetical using key scientific vocabulary from this unit.

9) In a matching activity, students use a dictionary to understand important science and environmental careers that work to protect endangered species.

10) Students solve math word problems related to endangered species.

11) Students practice estimating to solve multi-digit quotients and dividends, and then use this knowledge to solve word problems with estimating.

12) Students practice writing persuasive and narrative writing in endangered species-themed journal prompts.

13) Students learn more about characteristics common in primates through a series of handwriting practice sheets (cursive).

14) Students go on-line to complete a web quest about the endangered species of their choice.

15) Students use geography skills and follow directions on labeling a world map with key concepts, locations related to the endangered species in this unit, and other important information.

Endangered species is a theme often taught in elementary schools, and yet often times it is missing a fundamental idea: teaching kids that we are all connected! Our actions in one part of the world affect humans, animals, and plants around the world. By emphasizing this connection, the activities in the Kid World Citizen “Endangered Primates Unit” will have a lasting impact on students, empowering kids as they learn that they truly can make a positive difference in the world.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).
Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.


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