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Writing a persuasive argument starts with a clear thesis. Using this resource, your class will write a persuasive paper on a conservation issue. They will then transform their argument into a 30-second public service announcement. If your class doesn't have access to video and editing software, they can present their announcement in front of the class.
Although recycling is definitely beneficial, reducing our waste and conserving our natural resources should really be the focus of environmentalists. Encourage the future generation to create a public service announcement about a conservation issue that they feel strongly about. They write a persuasive essay and transform this argument into a video announcement. Take action!
Students role play a meeting between conservation biologists and local representatives who want to advance the livelihood of local population. In this history lesson, students research the necessities and conservation issues of given regions. They deliver a persuasive speech about balancing environmental conservation with human needs.
Students read First Nation story, identify values expressed in it and discuss how those values relate to conservation issues faced today. Students then seek out stories relevant to climate change from their own Elders and respected community members, and create presentations to share their stories.
Students explore physical education by researching biology. In this survival techniques lesson, students discuss the methods turtles use to survive dangerous encounters and conduct a sea turtle role play exercise. Students identify the life cycle by utilizing the Internet.
Students compare and contrast Wisconsin's water resources to that of Puerto Rico. They research books about islands, particularly the Puerto Rican islands. Student view illustrations of island ecology. They discuss the illustrations and compare them to the Wisconsin ecology. Students identify different ways water is a part of their lives.
Students explain the importance of coral reefs and the threats to reefs' conservation. Through the process of gathering geographic information about a place (in this case, the Great Barrier Reef), students explore how a "geographic focus" can sharpen their insights about a conservation issue.
Learners read and create cartoons that are based on endangered and threatened species. The activity is packed with terrific student handouts, including some very good cartoons that are based on conservation and animal issues. The instructions given for student-created cartoons are clear and concise. Some terrific learning, and artwork, should be the outcome of employing this fine activity with your class.
Third graders read and create cartoons about endangered and threatened species of plants. Pupils are split up into groups. They each consider a conservation cartoon and attempt to decipher its meaning. They must decide if they agree or disagree with the author's message. Then, they get to design and create their own cartoon that carries a conservation message. What a fantastic way to combine visual arts, language arts, and science!
Here is an impressive collection of lessons on sharks. In them, pupils undertake a serious study of sharks, their habitats, their social structure, and how humans adversely impact their existence. These lessons effectively integrate language arts, math, science, visual arts, and also have a strong conservation message built into them. Highly recommended for any teacher of 4th - 8th grade science.
Let this sink in: the world ocean covers more than 70% of the planet! This video teaches many facts about the ocean using creative graphs to convey the vastness of its features. The ocean contains the longest mountain chain, the tallest mountain, the deepest canyon, the tallest waterfall, and the greatest numbers and variety of species. This would be an outstanding anticipatory set for your oceanography unit. Find links to additional resources and questions for discussion on the publisher's website.
Students consider the future of endangered species. In this conservation lesson plan, students view a slide show and use mathematical data to construct a prediction for the survival of an endangered species. This lesson plan includes, personal accounts, math puzzles, a variety of online resources, pictures, and vocabulary.
The Galapagos Islands inspired Darwin to develop his theory of evolution. These wonderful islands will also be the topic of a lesson on habitat and conservation. In small groups, learners will collect and synthesize information regarding the Galapagos to script and perform a mock news bulletin. The inquiry and project-based collaboration are sure to make for an engaging learning experience.
Discuss ways to determine if the information middle and high schoolers gather online is accurate. Using the Internet, they cite two sources that show conflicting points of view on a subtopic of conservation. They summarize and analyze the information and share it with the class. There is a website critique page included, and it lists several questions to consider when exploring the Conservation in Action website. (Note: The website's link is not here, so you will have to search for it yourself.)
Through video, internet research, and hands-on activities, learners conduct a study of the interdependence between animals and the habitats they live in. They conduct Internet research independently in order to complete a report on a specific animal, its habitat, and many other facets of the ecosystem. Excellent videos, Internet links, and worksheets are included in this fine plan.
Students explore the concept of sea turtles. In this sea turtle lesson plan, students discuss endangered populations. Students examine data of the Hawksbill Turtle and determine how long the sea turtles will continue to breed given the decline in population. Students discuss actions to reverse the decline in population.