Lesson length: 4-6 45 minute periods
Topic: Endangered Species, IUCN Red List, Extinction
• Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the classification system used to evaluate species of concern.
• Students will be able to create a persuasive oral presentation.
• Students will be able to describe reasons that lead to species population reduction.
Breakdown of Activity:
1. Students use three different internet sources to explore and discover what it means to be a Species of Concern as well as what the future of our biodiversity will look like if nothing is done.
2. Students choose from a large variety of Species of Concern and conduct research to discover how and why the population of this species has been declining over the years.
3. Students will produce a one minute fundraising pitch for their chosen species.
• Student can choose to produce the pitch based on what ever they feel will hit the hearts of the audience and bring in the most money.
• Students can choose to present their pitch in any method they feel appropriate (PowerPoint Presentation, Images and a Speech, Songs, Videos, Poems, Skits)
4. Students are each given $100 in $20 bills. Students rank each pitch while it is being presented to help them determine where they would like to donate their money. At the end of the presentations, students donate their money to the different species that they have concern for. Students can donate the money any way they see fit but cannot donate to themselves.
5. The students who collect the most money from donations wins a prize.