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Inquiry Project: Endangered Species
Transcript of Inquiry Project: Endangered Species
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SPECIES By: Erin Clancy
Beka Progin HOW WE CAN HELP
ENDANGERED SPECIES! A big part of helping endangered animals is to give back to our planet Earth. We want the students to take the initiative to come up with ways that they would be able to help, no matter how small. We will have a group discussion about the different ways we can help endangered species in general. As a class, we will compile a list of all the ways to help that the students can come up with. Then, each group will be responsible for including specific ways that they can help their specific animal. The students will be able to share their findings with one another and every student will have a large list of ways to help the endangered animals.
• Conserve habitats
• Make space for our wildlife
• Recycle, reuse, reduce
• Plant Native Plants That Are Local To The Area
• Control Introduced Plants And Animals
• Join An Organization
• Make Your Voice Heard
Specific things that the students would be able to do:
You can visit a nearby national park or nature reserve. While there talk to the rangers to find out whether there are any threatened species and how they are being protected.
Plant a tree and build a birdhouse in your backyard.
Save energy by turning off lights, radios and the TV when you are not using them.
Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth.
Recycle your toys, books and games by donating them... BUILDING A HABITAT The habitat shoebox diorama will get students thinking about the areas where these animals live. These animals usually need a specific habitat and it is important to know this because they may not survive elsewhere. Since they have to research, they will be working on note taking skills and collaborating with others. This could be more engaging for students because they get to do a hands-on activity to recreate the habitat rather than just writing a paper about it. They can use whatever materials they like to complete this. What They Are Doing
• Explore habitat of the endangered animal they have chosen
• Research habitat by reading articles, books, magazines, looking at pictures, anything they can find about the habitat
• Create a shoebox diorama of the habitat
• Use any materials available
• Present to class pointing out specific details and important information
Technology Option: If students would like to recreate their endangered animal's habitats digitially they can do so by using programs such as iMovie, iPhoto, Prezi and any other programs available to demonstrate the environment in which their animal lives in. ADOPTING A LOGGERHEAD
SEA TURTLE To motivate students more about the topic of endangered species a teacher could adopt an endangered animal for the students to call their own, follow, and learn about. Students will become compassionate about their animals and become compelled to want to save all endangered animals. This will be a way to guide the students into wanting to explore the wonders of endangered species. For our unit, we will adopt a Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Here are the steps one would need to follow to do this in their own classroom:
1. Go to this website as a class and choose the specific turtle the class would like to adopt. All of the turtles on this website have names, which makes this process more enjoyable.
2. In a few weeks, the adoption agency will send the class information on their turtle, how they can go about tracking it, and a certificate of adoption.
3. After receiving the information, the teacher can read his/her class a book on that type of turtle, sing a song to the class about them, and just have an informative class discussion on the animal. RATIONAL
The fact book is something that each group of students will create to display their animal. Listed below are some things that the students should include in their fact book. The fact book is not limited to an actual book. They can present the information in any format that they would like. Some examples that they could use are an iMovie, Prezi, Powerpoint, scrapbook, magazine, or any other medium they choose. FACT BOOK
or digital zine style: paper Things the students should include in their fact books:
Name of the animal
Location of where the animal resides
The type of habitat the animal lives in
What the animal looks like
What the animal eats
How did the animal become endangered
What can we do to save them
Fun facts about animal! Animal Paper Mache Masks
Logger head, logger head, is a sea turtle.
Endangered, endangered, we must help rescue.
Lives in water, nests on land, on the coast of Florida.
Heart shaped shell, enormous head, is how he got his name.
Based off of the original Children's song Dancing Bear MUSIC TEXT REWRITE
The following song is called a music text rewrite. It takes the elements of an orginial song and changes the lyrics to create a more purposeful meaning. Creating text rewrites are a fun, creative way for students to apply and remember information about their endangered species. The Loggerhead Turtle song could be used as an example to demonstrate to the class how music can be incorporated into other subjects.
Guidelines for creating music text rewrites:
First, students must pick a song to rewrite, or simply create their own.
Then, students are recommended to include the following in their songs:
The name of the animal
Where the animal can be found
The habitat in which the animal lives in
Unique characteristics of the animal, such as physical features, what the animal eats or drinks, or interesting facts.
Technology Option: Once the students have completed their text rewrites, they could use Garage Band to record their song and add a beat, if desired. The following is a map of our Endangered Animal Locations. As groups begin to research their endangered animal, they will be finding a lot of information. To compare where each animal is primarily located, they will come up to a large map and mark it as the place where their animal lives. This will allow all of the students to see where these animals come from and which ones may be living near them. There is not much to this activity, just seeing where each animal is located, but it will help some students to actually see on a map where, for example, China is instead of just thinking about where it is. This is also a way for students to see where other animals live around the world! Where the Animals Live! In the example that we have provided we decided to use the pictures of our animals to specify their specific locations, but any types of materials could be used, such as a labeled flag or push pin.
1. What are some endangered species and how did they become endangered?
2.How does human behavior affect endangered animals?
3.What can we do to help endangered aniamls not become extinct? A fun creative way for students to incorporate art into their endangered animal projects is to make paper mache masks! Art is one element of learning that ALL children can participate in, regardless of culture, regardless of background, and regardless of language. Art can be a time in which students can practice their English speaking skills, make connections, and create relationships. Also, by creating paper mache masks students will be able to visually represent their endangered animal in a way that is unique to them. This will also give them an opportunity for students to utilize their artisitic abilities.
Alternative: Paper mache is one type of material that could be used to create the animal masks; however, other materials can be used as well. For instance, students could use a paper plate as the face of their mask, and then use different materials such as paint, construction and tissue paper, feathers, glitter, and any other available materials to make their masks come alive! Then, at the bottom of the mask, students can attach a popsicle stick in order to hold their mask upright. Will the Thornberry clan spend a traditional Thanksgiving in the United States with Grandma Sophie, or go on another adventure and garther footage of an endangered animal?
THANK YOU! Whole Class Bibliography
Baskin-Salzberg, A., & Salzberg, A. (1996). Turtles. Franklin Watts.
Berger, G. , & Berger, M.R. (2002). Where have all the pandas gone?. Scholastic Reference.
These two books can be used as nonfiction texts. They can also be used as read aloud books.
Elusive giant panda. [Web]. Retrieved from http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/mammals-animals/bears-and-pandas/pandas_wild.html
This is a National Geographic Website. It has great videos on different animals. This link is a video about the giant panda, but the site offers other informational animal videos as well.
Endangered species of the next millennium . (n.d.). Retrieved from http://library.thinkquest.org/25014/english.index.shtml
This website is a resource to use when teaching about endangered species. It describes what endangered species are, how they became endangered, what we can do to help, and also describes some animals in particular.
Fanning, K. (2005, August 3). Why we care. Retrieved from http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=10697
This article would be a good example to share with the class on what could happen if an endangered animal becomes extinct. It talks about the effects of loosing animals.
World wildlife fund. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.worldwildlife.org/home-full.html
The World Wildlife Fund is a foundation designed to help endangered species. It would be helpful to go through this website with students to help explain what people can do to help save endangered species from becoming extinct. As a class we could read aloud, The Great Kapok Tree. This will be done prior to our group discussion about what we can do to help save the endangered animals. By reading this book, we hope to further spark our students’ interests in the topic and get them excited to start becoming researchers and learning all about endangered animals.
Drama: A fun way to incorporate drama into the classroom, and get kids excited about helping endangered animals would be to perform The Great Kapoke Tree in a play or Reader's Theatre. Students could use the paper mache masks that they created as a prop!
The following video exemplifies how music, art, and drama can be incorporated into our inquiry unit in learning about endangered animals.