Endangered Species Unit Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been part of the whirlwind world of teaching middle school for 20 years. She has a Master of Education degree in instructional design.

Studying endangered species as a middle or high school class can be an exciting journey! In this unit, there are ways to study possible causes of species endangerment as well as conservation efforts that provide hope for the future.

Endangered Species

This middle or high school unit provides an overview of the concept of endangered species. For students this age, an endangered species unit needs to be more than just details about a few endangered animals. Rather, it's essential to answer the why question: why did these animals become endangered in the first place? Therefore, the unit requires students to take a comprehensive look at some causes of species endangerment. Students then explore what they can do about it. Conservation efforts are explored, and they even have a chance to plan some of their own. The unit wraps up with hands-on projects or research assignments.

The Basics

Kick off the unit with this Endangered Species Lesson Plan. This will lay the groundwork students will need as they continue their study of the concept of endangered species. For students who need additional support differentiating between endangered and extinct, add in this Extinction Lesson Plan to help clarify the concept.

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