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Ch 8: Endangered Species & Extinction Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Supplement your existing ecology lesson plans with the activities outlined in this chapter. You will find group and individual activities and classroom and homework assignments you can use to expand your teaching strategies regarding endangered species and extinction topics.

Endangered Species & Extinction Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Many students appreciate a break from conventional teaching formats. Our lesson plans provide you with creative ideas you can use to keep students engaged and increase their classroom participation when learning about endangered animals, introduced and invasive species, extinction and other relevant topics. Our lesson plans describe games, group activities and extended projects and assignments that will help them learn about this material in fun and entertaining ways.

Video and text lessons support your classroom materials and allow students to expand their thinking about extinction and endangered animals. These resources are meant to help students identify important terms and spark classroom discussions to reinforce what they have learned about these ecological topics.

How It Helps

  • Vocabulary words: Identifies and defines key terms your students will need to know when learning about endangered species and extinction
  • Activities or games: Employs physical activities and games that help to simplify details about these topics and help students retain information through engagement and participation
  • Classroom discussion questions/topics: Helps you develop questions designed to have your students more deeply explore facts about endangered species and extinction

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning endangered species and extinction lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific endangered species and extinction topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your ecology class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related endangered species and extinction lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of endangered species and extinction.
  • Engage your students with relevant endangered species and extinction-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

24 Lessons in Chapter 8: Endangered Species & Extinction Lesson Plans
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Endangered Species Lesson Plan

1. Endangered Species Lesson Plan

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.

The Endangered Species Act & The World Conservation Strategy: Goals & Purposes

2. The Endangered Species Act & The World Conservation Strategy: Goals & Purposes

In this lesson, you will learn about the Endangered Species Act, an environmental law that protects endangered species. You will also discover how the ESA works and how species are protected under it. Finally, you will learn how a World Conservation Strategy can help endangered and threatened species worldwide.

Endangered Animals: Facts & Causes

3. Endangered Animals: Facts & Causes

What causes an animal to become an endangered species? In this lesson, you will learn about the various ways in which a species can become endangered.

Endangered Species Activities for Kids

4. Endangered Species Activities for Kids

Protecting our environment is a responsibility we all carry, and knowledge is the first step. This lesson offers activities appropriate for young students to help them become excited about endangered animals.

Endangered Species Project Ideas

5. Endangered Species Project Ideas

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.

Extinction Lesson Plan

6. Extinction Lesson Plan

What causes a species to become extinct? This lesson plan uses both video and text lessons to outline pivotal information on extinction. An activity asks students to analyze potential causes of extinction.

What Is Extinction? - Defining Background and Mass Extinction

7. What Is Extinction? - Defining Background and Mass Extinction

In this lesson you'll discover what the term 'extinction' means as well as learn the two different types of extinction: mass extinction and background extinction. You will also discover how humans contribute to extinction events.

The Causes of Species Extinction

8. The Causes of Species Extinction

What do dinosaurs, passenger pigeons, and a species of Australian rat all have in common? They have all gone extinct. This lesson will examine the causes of species extinction from mass extinctions in the past to human-caused extinctions today.

Extinction Lesson Plan for Elementary School

9. Extinction Lesson Plan for Elementary School

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.

What is Extinction? - Lesson for Kids

10. What is Extinction? - Lesson for Kids

Do you know that some scientist believe that over 90% of the plants and animals that once lived on earth are now extinct? In this lesson, discover the ins and outs of extinction and gain a deeper understanding of its causes.

Introduced Species Lesson Plan

11. Introduced Species Lesson Plan

This lesson plan covers how and why new species are introduced into ecosystems. Through small-group and whole-class discussions, a short video and a hands-on activity, students will discover the positive and negative effects of introduced species.

What Is an Introduced Species? - Definition, Effects & Examples

12. What Is an Introduced Species? - Definition, Effects & Examples

African killer bees almost wiped out the European honeybee population in the U.S. Whether accidentally (killer bees) or deliberately (European bees), introducing species to a new area can have drastic consequences. This lesson explains why.

Invasive Species Lesson Plan

13. Invasive Species Lesson Plan

What is an invasive species? A video lesson lays out the facts while an in class activity allows students to investigate an organization dedicated to invasive species. Ideas for extra activities and related lesson are included for more in-depth study.

What Is an Invasive Species? - Definition, List & Effects

14. What Is an Invasive Species? - Definition, List & Effects

This lesson focuses on a group of organisms called invasive species. You'll learn what makes a species invasive and see some examples of invasive species. You'll also discover why invasive species are considered a problem and explore the impacts they have on the environment, the economy and on humans.

Mass Extinction Lesson Plan

15. Mass Extinction Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to examine the mass extinctions in geological history. They will consider the impacts on biodiversity and create their own simulations to test the survival of species.

Mass Extinction: Definition, Timeline & Events

16. Mass Extinction: Definition, Timeline & Events

Mass extinctions are mysterious and rare events. In this lesson, we're going to briefly review the five mass extinctions in Earth's history and consider why they may have happened.

Causes of Mass Extinction Lesson Plan

17. Causes of Mass Extinction Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn about the causes of mass extinctions. They will examine how multiple factors combine to create immense ecological pressure and conduct a basic research project on specific extinctions.

Mass Extinction: Causes & Theories

18. Mass Extinction: Causes & Theories

This lesson is going to go over the largest mass extinctions to have ever occurred. You'll learn what they're called, when they happened, how many animals died, and what may have caused them.

Devonian Mass Extinction: Causes, Facts, Evidence & Animals

19. Devonian Mass Extinction: Causes, Facts, Evidence & Animals

In the late Devonian period, something happened and more than half of life on Earth died. In this lesson, we're going to explore the Devonian mass extinction and see what could have caused it.

Ordovician-Silurian Mass Extinction: Causes, Evidence & Species

20. Ordovician-Silurian Mass Extinction: Causes, Evidence & Species

What can cause over half of the life on Earth to die? In this lesson, we'll check out the Ordovician-Silurian mass extinction, and examine the theories that seek to explain this traumatic event.

Sixth Mass Extinction Event: Definition, Causes, Facts & Evidence

21. Sixth Mass Extinction Event: Definition, Causes, Facts & Evidence

There have been five recorded mass extinctions in Earth's history, so where does the sixth one come in? In this lesson, we'll explore a theoretical sixth mass extinction, and see what it means for Earth's history.

Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction Event: Causes, Facts & End

22. Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction Event: Causes, Facts & End

What was the worst mass extinction in history? In this lesson, we'll explore the event that made the death of the dinosaurs look like a minor setback and see how the Permian-Triassic Extinction impacted evolutionary history.

Causes of the Cambrian Period Extinction Event

23. Causes of the Cambrian Period Extinction Event

Extinction is a fact of geologic history, but not one that we fully understand. In this lesson, we'll explore one of the first major extinction events and see what may have caused it.

Endangered Species Unit Plan

24. Endangered Species Unit Plan

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.

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