GradesK-2, 3-5, 6-8
Brief DescriptionStudents create an ABC Book of Endangered Animals that includes locator maps, "fast facts," and explanations about why those animals are endangered.
Keywordsanimals, endangered, species, ABC, world, research
Lesson PlanExplain to students that they are going to create a class ABC Book of Endangered Species.
To assign students a letter of the alphabet, write each letter on a small piece of paper, fold the papers, put them in a container, and let each student draw a paper from the container. If students are to work on this assignment in groups, each member of the group can take a turn drawing a slip from the container and letters drawn by group members will become their assigned letters.
An alternative approach is to divide students into small groups and assign a different continent to each group. Students can search for endangered species by continent rather than by letter.
If students have Internet access, they can use the Kids Planet Especies Fact Sheets as one of their resources. If students do not have Internet access, print out copies of the "master list" of endangered species from that Web site; the list -- which is classified by continent -- will make an excellent starting point, especially for younger students. The site also includes excellent photographs that students can print and use on their ABC book pages.
Have students use library or Internet resources to learn facts about the endangered species they have been assigned for the class book. Following are a handful of elements that might be included on the completed pages:
When students have completed their pages, ask them to share them with the class with a brief presentation (2 minutes) highlighting the results of their research.
Additional Animal Resources on the Internet
Students' work will be evaluated based on whether their animal pages include all the required elements and on the presentation of their research.
Lesson Plan Source
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES 9 - 12
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NA-VA.9-12.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.9-12.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
NA-VA.9-12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Geography
NS.K-4.3 Life Science
NS.5-8.3 Life Science
NS.9-12.3 Life Science
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Last updated 03/18/2010
GRADES 9 - 12