In this lesson, students learn about how people are protecting living things and create their own plan to protect living things.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn about how artists are helping species in critical categories on the Red List.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students watch a video illustrating the actions taken by humans to help protect a species.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students design a solution to help a living thing.
This lesson creates a collaborative learning environment for students to consider positive action in their community.
Students will consider how responsible decision-making directly impacts them and their environment.
This lesson introduces options for helping wildlife using multiple learning styles.
This is lesson 3 of 3 in our Number Sense and Biodiversity unit.
You can choose to use the animals featured on the IUCN’s Red List slides in the Teacher Slideshow or identify 1-2 species on the IUCN’s Red List from your local area and adapt the slides. To find other animals, you may search for a specific species you know is in danger or use the directions below:
Click on Advanced Search.
Click on Land Regions.
Click on the Arrow next to the Land Region you live in. This further narrows down the region.
Click on Habitats. Choose a habitat that describes your area.
Click on Red List Category, and select all categories except for Least Concern, Data Deficient and Extinct.
The species will appear in a list. To view them on the map, choose the map setting on the gray header across the top.
As a possible extension, students can share their design with the class and/or community leaders using cause and effect language.
In the Inspire section, the class can choose to brainstorm ideas together and vote to create one conservation plan.
The Student Worksheet has an adapted version for younger students.
The lesson features human actions to improve biodiversity. It would inspire students to lead initiatives on biodiversity conservation in their community. All materials have been fact-checked, and this lesson has passed our credibility process.
Using Numbers to Think About Biodiversity (Number Sense & Biodiversity #2)
In this lesson, students use a base number (1,000, 100, or 20) to compare the numbers of extinct, endangered, and vulnerable species and consider how their actions can help protect animals and plants.
Duration: 60 minutes
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Type: Lesson Plan