Students at Oxbow Elementary visited appropriate websites such as National Geographic to learn about different endangered animals, and how and why they are heading toward extinction. They studied how each animal faces a different set of problems such as being hunted for their beautiful fur (which are made into coats and hats) or loss of habitat due to slash and burn farming or other poor farming techniques, or poaching due to the ivory trade. There are some great websites for students. Visit the World Wildlife Fund, click on species and click on endangered species. You’ll find a photo and extensive information about each endangered animal…http://worldwildlife.org/species/directory?sort=extinction_status&direction=desc
You can also visit: http://animalstime.com/endangered/
In kindergarten, first and second grade, we watched an Eye Witness video on Insects and then made Shoe Bugs. We talked about what an insect is, metamorphosis, predator and prey and other insect facts…how some insects like the praying mantis are rare and how important it is to leave these creatures in their natural homes and not try to catch them for pets. This was a review of last year’s insect unit and a preview for our upcoming butterfly lesson on vulnerable monarchs! Third through fifth graders watched several short vignettes by Jeff Corwin on how and why the polar bear and sea turtle and few other key species are going extinct. Students then spent several weeks completing their Endangered Animals posters targeting a specific species and including facts and solutions to save them from extinction. You might say, "Wait, is this an art class or science?" Don't worry, we still learned about layout, focal point, contrast, color, and variety but in an authentic way! These and other earth day posters will be on display at the Huron Valley Earth Day Festival at Carl's Family YMCA in Milford, MI. Join us on April 27th from noon to 4pm for this family friendly event! Below is an earth day poster from a White Lake Middle School student - a runner up for this year's 2014 contest.