Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
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- O—Older (7th-12th)
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WWF Species Directory
A list of animals with their common and scientific names and the severity of their endangered status. Each animal has a related link with a detailed description of the animal, fact, reasons they are threatened, and related articles. From the World Wildlife Fund.
ICUN Red List of Threatened Species
The ICUN Red List is an extensive list of threatened species across the globe. Each page provides detailed information about the animal, including threaten status, population trends, taxonomy classifications, and an interactive map of its geographic range. From the The International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Interactive Map: Threatened and Endangered Species in National Parks
This interactive map from the National Parks Conservation Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows you to explore threatened and endangered species by National Park. Click on various locations to pull up a list of species that links to profile pages on each plant or animal.
Interactive Map: Threatened and Endangered Species Critical Habitat
This interactive map from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Esri shows critical habitat ranges across the US for various threatened and endangered species. Click on areas of the map to explore species.
Animal Fact Sheets for Endangered Wildlife
A endangered animal profile page from the Defenders of Wildlife that includes dozens of different animals. Each page gives basic information, reasons the animal is endangered, and ways individuals can help change their behavior to help that animal.
The Endangered Species Program
A site from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that provides information on how the organization helps preserve wildlife and its history. It also provides a library of articles and a full taxonomic tree which you can explore with thousands of species and bacteria.
Threatened and Endangered Plants in the U.S.
A database of threatened and endangered plants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
From the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Information on specific endangered species: giant pandas, tigers, endangered whales and dolphins, rhinos, elephants, marine turtles, and great apes. Also included is information on habitats, why they are important, and what dangers they face.
Defenders of Wildlife
Defenders of Wildlife works on the ground, in the courts, and on Capitol Hill to protect and restore imperiled wildlife and habitats across North America. The site provides clips from the show “Wildlife Nation,” fun fact pages on different wildlife and environments, new articles on current actions protecting wildlife, and more.
"Throughout recorded history a cheetah pelt was a badge of wealth for its human owner. The animal was killed for its skin by some and captured for its hunting skills by others. But most recently, human excess is probably the major factor dramatically pushing the cheetah toward extinction. As human populations increase other species are "squeezed out" - their living space becomes more limited as does their food supply. Many animals feel the pinch and are at great risk of disappearing forever. In 1900 there were only about 100,000 cheetah worldwide - present estimates place their number at 10 to 15 thousand with about 1/10 of those living in captivity. Namibia has the largest population of wild cheetah - about 2500. Smaller populations exist in Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania while 19 other countries have even fewer." Cheetah Spot is a detailed, educational site about cheetahs that includes information on their habitat, behaviors, and anatomy and much more! Also includes a bibliography for further reading.
Baby Honu (Pacific Green Sea Turtle) Origami
Sea Turtle Origami project from TammyYee.com.
Gator Woman is the pseudonym for a transplanted Californian who moved to the Ocala National Forest in Central Florida and fell in love with it. She created a site dedicated to the endangered wildlife of Florida. It is meant to be a place for learning, a portal or reference resource in wildlife education for teachers and students. Featured are links to websites and information about endangered Florida ecosystems, amphibians, birds, butterflies, mammals, plants or flora, and reptiles. The site is very clearly and simply laid out with easy to understand explanations and would be an excellent resource for an older elementary student to use for finding research sources.
Huntington State Beach
Huntington State Beach contains a nesting sanctuary for the California least tern, a rare and endangered species. The beach is also sanctuary for the threatened snowy plover. The park offers bicycle trail, surfing, skating and surf fishing. The park site also has a photo gallery, activity pages for kids, and general information.
Southwest Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Foundation
A non-profit organization specializing in rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife native to the southwest. The website aims to educate today's youth on the importance of native wildlife and the environment. Resources included on the site include fact pages on the types of animals that live there, and information about the daily life in a rehabilitation center and how it operates.
Endangered and Threatened Species of Alaska Curriculum
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies offers lesson plans, activities, and teaching kids on park wildlife, biodiversity, and how human's impact the environment.
Steller Sea Lions Research
The North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium website provides excellent videos on marine life in action, including whales, dolphins, orcas, sea lions, and more! The site also provides articles and publications from the researchers, fun fact pages on different types on marine life, and information about how they conduct their research.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game website provides how-to videos on naturalist skills like tracking and nature photography. The site also provides a wealth of information on living with different types of animals, information on disease and parasites that affect the animals, as well as many resources dedicated for educators.
Satellite Tracking of Endangered Animals
and how it works. The site gives detailed information on the way animal tracking works for many different species and the differences between marine, land and bird tracking. It also provides a list of dozens of other sites to help research further into different topics. From SpaceToday.org.
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Sea Turtle Conservation site that provides information on sea turtles, including general information, different types of species, their habitats, and current threats they face. The page also includes a list of dozens of turtles being tracked. The list includes each turtle’s name, an interactive map of where they have traveled, and individual facts about that specific turtle like total distance traveled and speed.
Water Planet hosts real-life swim with dolphin tours in Panama City Beach, FL. Their site provides information about dolphins and interacting with them. Provides videos, photography, and articles.
From Earthtrust, a wildlife conservation organizations. The website has a lot of information about programs for protecting endangered species, including whales, dolphins, tigers, rhinos, and many others.
Greet Barrier Reef: Endangered Species
An educational page for kids from Sheppard Software about great barrier reef animals: Corals, Green Sea Turtles, Humpback Whales, and Dugongs.
Whales Teaching Guide
A detailed lesson plan on whales for grades K-3 with activities and discussion questions. Also included are fact sheets on different types of whales and anatomy for students. From SeaWorld.
Whales Teaching Guide
A detailed lesson plan on whales for grades 4-8 with activities and discussion questions. Also included are fact sheets on different types of whales and anatomy for students. From SeaWorld.
The Endangered Species Act
The full text of the 1973 Endangered Species Act of the United States is available on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.
National Geographic: Endangered Statuses
A great list of the different type of classifications for endangered species, as well as a photo gallery. It provides a detailed description of each classification, how it is decided, and what it means for the animal.
A large collection of lesson plans for teachers, activities, and podcasts based on conservation of animals and their habitats.
National Geographic Kids: Endangered Species
An educational page from National Geographic that offers kids friendly content on endangered species. The site includes photo galleries of endangered animals, history of the endangered species act, and facts and information on specific animals.
ScienceTrek: Endangered Species
ScienceTrek is an educational website from PBS for grades 1-8. The site include lesson plans, games, print-outs, and videos on endangered species and related topics.
United Federation of Teachers: Lesson plans
A library of lesson plans on endangered species for all age groups. Each plan includes relevant ages, material, and a bibliography for further material. From the United Federation of Teachers.
Rainforest Lesson Plans, Teacher Resources, Help for School Reports, and School Projects
The Monagabay Kids site has a large collection of lesson plans and handouts for K-5 students, photo tours of rainforests in different countries and rainforest wildlife, games and activities, interviews with rainforest scientists, links to additional resources, and much more.
Canopy in the Clouds
Canopy in the Clouds is an educational website for students that allows them to explore and learn about threatened habitats and species in tropical cloud forests. Includes an interactive diagram, videos, a glossary of terms, lessons, and more.