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Database Provider

Author

Climate Science Alliance

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Biology, English Language Arts, World Languages, Spanish

Resource Types

  • Artwork
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Worksheets

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, California

Format

Google Docs, PDF

Colors of Conservation

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Synopsis
  • This coloring book includes a series of Southern California and Northern Baja animals that are threatened by climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, land use changes, and wildfires.
  • After reading about how the animal is threatened in English and Spanish, students can color it in and learn about what they can do to help wildlife.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource allows students to be creative while learning about conservation.
  • The Spanish and English versions of the text are on the same page, allowing students to compare the texts in parallel.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The resource can be downloaded as a PDF or opened as a Google Doc and then downloaded in other formats (e.g., Docx).
  • Terms such as climate change, endemic, adaptation, variability, nocturnal, and pathogens may need to be defined for students.

Differentiation

  • As a follow-up activity to coloring in the animals and reading the text, teachers can discuss the conservation action items at the bottom of the document with the class.
  • This resource can be used in science classes during lessons about conservation and biodiversity and in art classes during lessons about depicting wildlife and using art for advocacy.
  • To extend the lesson, consider having students watch this video about the importance of biodiversity for ecosystems and this one about the importance of ecosystems to support life on Earth. Then have them connect these concepts to how biodiversity and natural ecosystems are important for fighting climate change.
Scientist Notes
This is an artworks that demonstrates the impact of biodiversity loss caused by harmful human activities and climate change. It also underscores strategic ways to build species' resilience to climate change. Arts is a key element for climate science communication and this resource supports that notion. This resource is recommended for classroom use.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
      • 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.
  • World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (ACTFL)
    • Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations.
      • 3.1 Making Connections: Learners build, reinforce, and expand their knowledge of other disciplines while using the language to develop critical thinking and to solve problems creatively.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 11 - Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
      • VA:Cn11.1.5a Identify how art is used to inform or change beliefs, values, or behaviors of an individual or society.
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