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Endangered Species Project Ideas

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning about endangered species is often a great way to hook children on the environment. The projects in this lesson will bring your study of endangered species to life.

Why Endangered Species Projects?

If you are studying endangered species with your students, you probably already know that it can be an ideal topic for getting children excited about science. Many students are already fascinated by animals. At the same time, the idea of getting involved in solving a major global problem is also appealing to many students. With such engaging and intrinsically motivating subject matter, there is no need to resort to dry or boring teaching methods. One way to make your study of endangered species especially captivating is by getting students involved in projects. Projects can be a great way to get children to work collaboratively, building on their own and each other's knowledge. Projects also make use of a variety of learning styles and modalities so that every student can find a way to shine. The projects in this lesson will enhance any study of endangered species.

Expert on a Species

Break your students up into small groups, and assign each group a specific endangered species to become experts on. They should research what the species is, what makes it unique, and where it lives and feeds. They should also become experts on precisely what is causing this species to be endangered and what, if anything, would help bring it out of danger. Students can make use of library or internet resources for their research. Then, each group should construct a clay or papier mache model of one of the animals from their species. They should create a poster to go with their model, and on the poster, they should explain as much information about the species as they can. Have your students share by having an endangered species museum; they can learn about the animals that their friends have researched as well.

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