Author:
Melody Casey
Subject:
English Language Arts, Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Primary
Grade:
4
Tags:
GEDB, Global Education
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English

Education Standards

GEDB Australian Animal Research: Save the Animals (Lesson 4 of 4)

GEDB Australian Animal Research: Save the Animals (Lesson 4 of 4)

Overview

Students will investigate ways to save animals around the world and create a written opinion piece to share their thoughts and ideas to save the animals. Students will be able to choose a structure that best supports their opinion. They will use correct grammar and spelling to write clear sentences and draft an opinion piece. Optional:  Students will take action by adopting an animal through the World Wildlife Foundation. This lesson was developed by Sara Kull as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.            

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will investigate ways to save animals around the world and create a written opinion piece to share their thoughts and ideas to save the animals. Students will be able to choose a structure that best supports their opinion. They will use correct grammar and spelling to write clear sentences and draft an opinion piece. Optional:  Students will take action by adopting an animal through the World Wildlife Foundation.


Content

Learning Targets and Criteria for Success

Teacher will discuss animals and why it is important to save them.
 

Students will reflect on endangered and extinct animals by writing their own feelings and opinions on saving animals.

Students will write an opinion piece on why is it important to protect the animals that are endangered.

Students plan and draft their opinion piece.


Supplies/Resources

Paper; pencil; writing organizer; letter to parents about animal adoption; computer with Internet access


Learning Tasks and Practice

Teacher will discuss with the class feelings towards endangered animals and ways to save the animals.  The teacher will focus on things students could do themselves to save the animals and jot down ideas on chart paper.

Teacher will model how to write opinion pieces using the outline method.

Students will plan and draft an opinion piece using an organizer.

Optional- As an extension to the lesson, the class could adopt an animal from the World Wildlife Fund.
https://www.worldwildlife.org/species

Students will bring in spare change to adopt the animal. The teacher will collect the change and go through the website to make the donation on the class' behalf.


Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning

Writing pieces will be graded using a rubric.


Feedback/Instructional Adjustments

Lower level students may use a teacher made template to plan and draft their piece.  Template would include fill in the blanks for ideas. 

A software program such as Microsoft Word could be used for students who may struggle with writing or to publish their work.


Extended Learning Opportunities

Students can create a small presentation on ways humans can preserve an animal's environment.  The presentation can be shared with classmates, teachers and the school.  The presentation can be based on the students' opinion piece about saving the animal habitats.