Save the animals. Take action! (EN-CUR-656)

We are living on a very friendly planet which seems to be a paradise with different types of animals, plants, and other organisms. Scientists estimate there are 7 to 10 million species on Earth. The sum of all these species is called the Earth’s biodiversity. Biodiversity includes an incredible range of living organisms—from centipedes to dolphins to rattlesnakes. How did there get to be so many species? It didn’t happen overnight.

Dodo Birds, Sabre-toothed cats, and Tasmania Monsters are already extinct. We need to do more about other animals. Elephants. Tigers. Gorillas. Pandas. Blue Whales. What do these amazing creatures have in common? They are some of the biggest, coolest, and most loved animals on the planet. They are all also endangered species. An animal or plant is endangered when there are so few left alive on the planet that the entire species is in danger of vanishing forever. When a species is completely gone—and not even one survives anywhere on Earth—it is considered extinct. Unfortunately, one out of every eight species of birds, one in four mammals, one in three amphibians, and one in five plants are endangered.

In this STE(A)M integrated learning scenario I will bring endangered animals’ issues into the classroom using PBL.

This learning scenario has been developed during the “Digital Education with Cultural Heritage Rerun” online course. The course aimed to improve teachers’ understanding of cultural heritage in order to efficiently integrate it into their lessons and practices. The courses can be accessed here.

Author: Sevcan Baru

Age of students: 12

Subject and topic: Interdisciplinary- Science, Geography, English, ICT/Endangered Animals, Extinct Animals, Causes and Solutions

Would you like to know more about this learning scenario? You can download it below:

CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the National Library of Israel.

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