How to Protect Endangered Species
Finally, wrap up the search by assigning your students the following task:
Pick an endangered species and write a one-page, double-spaced paper on ways that you can help save this endangered species from extinction. This plan that you create must include three different ways in which you can help.
Useful links include:
Earth’s Endangered Creatures
What Can We Do?
Common themes for helping endangered species include donating, joining an activist organization, using media to raise awareness for an endangered species, and traveling to locations where endangered species live to study the reasons why their habitat is shrinking or changing.
Tell your students that the paper will be graded on their understanding of the endangered species' habitat, why that habitat is changing, how global climate change is effecting that habitat, how greenhouse gas emissions play a role in that change, and how a student can positively impact an endangered species using their available means.
As your students begin to write this paper it is important for you to guide them and make sure that they are not simply copying and pasting their answers from the web. Teach your students how you would like them to reference text and use quotations on the Internet. Make sure they know that plagiarism is a serious offense.