A six-paged research packet introducing Wildlife Conservation. Students will choose an animal to research using books and internet. Students will investigate the issue that impacts the animal and the conservation efforts.
The research packet includes background information about the animal;
- name of the animal
- scientific name of the animal
- draw a picture of the animal
- identify which classification the animal belongs to
- record the average male/female size, weight and lifespan
- locate where they live and draw a map
- locate which geographic region they live in
- identify if the animal is a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore and record what they eat
- identify and elaborate their social preference (i.e. large herd, single mate or prefer to be alone)
Students will then research the issue that sparked conservation efforts. They will determine if their animal belongs to one of the categories (definition are in the packet);
- Threatened Species
- Endangered Species
- Protected Species
and describe the issue (i.e. over hunting, loss of habitat, etc)
Students will then describe what people can do to help solve this issue (i.e. build a sanctuary, ban animal hunting, breeding programs etc) and then research one conservation organization that supports their animal of choice including;
- name of the conservation
- draw their logo
- find out what year it was founded
- find out where this conservation is located
- describe the organization's conservation efforts
Finally, students will create a plan to raise awareness about the conservation effort and then create an informational brochure about this issue. Students may use their research packet to organize and plan their brochure. They will need to decide what information should be included in the brochure and decide how to present their information.
I used this with 5-8th graders, ELL and Special Education students. Please contact me if you have any questions and please leave feedback! Thank you!