I can identify some extinct and endangered species and explain their importance.
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In this lesson, students learn about different extinct and endangered animals. They will also learn how animals can become endangered and brainstorm ways that humans can protect these species.
Students will be able to list extinct and endangered species and explain how animals become endangered.
Ask students if they know what “extinct” and “endangered” means. Do they know any extinct or endangered animals? Discuss prior knowledge with the class.
Explain what it means for an animal to be endangered then explain what it means for animals to be extinct. Provide some examples of extinct animals like the dodo bird and the wooly mammoth. What other animals do they know have become extinct? After this, explain what might cause an animal to become endangered like the destruction of habitat and hunting. Next, students will complete the endangered animals word search. Describe some endangered animals in-depth like the rhinoceros, giant panda, and the green sea turtle. Students will then drag a heart to the endangered animals pictured and a star to the animals that are not endangered.
Students respond to ten multiple-choice and true or false questions. They will be asked to identify extinct and endangered animals.
Ask students why they think learning about endangered species is important. Explain that the extinction of one species can threaten the survival of others. Then have students brainstorm ways that people can help to ensure that animals do not become endangered or extinct. They can write their answers and share with the class.
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