Endangered Species Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What does it mean when an animal is endangered or extinct? A video lesson lays out the basics for students and an activity gives them the chance to dig deeper. Related lessons and extra activities are also provided for ongoing study.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'extinction'
  • distinguish between extinction and endangerment
  • analyze reasons for classifying species as endangered and/or extinct
  • conduct research and report on one threatened, endangered, or extinct species

Length

  • 1 hour for instruction
  • Up to 1 week for the activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.9

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Key Vocabulary

  • Extinct
  • Threatened species
  • Endangered species

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