Extinction Lesson Plan for Elementary School

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.

Do your students know what causes animals to become extinct? This lesson plan gives you the tools to teach them everything they should know about extinction. A text lesson designed for kids and an activity make learning fun.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define 'extinction'
  • list and explain the factors that contribute to extinction
  • discuss the difficulty of determining if an animal is actually extinct

Length

45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Materials

  • Assorted images depicting extinct animals
  • Paper copies of the text lesson What is Extinction? - Lesson for Kids
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • A selection of fact sheets (with photographs) on various extinct animals
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils

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