#CelebratewithDE – World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on March 3. The theme for World Wildlife Day 2017 is “Listen to the Young Voices”! According to the World Wildlife Day organization, “Given that almost one quarter of the world’s population is aged between 10 and 24, vigorous efforts need to be made to encourage young people, as the future leaders and decision makers of the world, to act at both local and global levels to protect endangered wildlife.”
 
Let’s make a vigorous effort together, to inspire the young people in your classrooms and schools to protect wildlife. Our Animals Content Collection is a good place to start for general wildlife learning. And, we’ve identified some content suggestions, below, in the identified categories of major threats: habitat change, over-exploitation, and illicit trafficking. These issues can be difficult for animal-loving kids but, with your guidance, we can frame the issues honestly and inspire action in a positive way.


Habitat Change

More Science Please: Unusual Evolution of Island Life (Unique Island Ecosystems)
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Full Video

Discusses the uniqueness of isolated ecosystems, and uses the extinct and endangered plants and animals of New Zealand as examples of the fragility of island ecosystems.
 
Concepts in Nature: Adapting to Changes in Nature: Impact of Habitat Changes on Animals
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Full Video

Habitat changes have different effects on different species…. Species that live in only one type of habitat, like red-cockaded woodpeckers, can become endangered when that type of habitat is replaced…
 
Hawaiian Bees Added to United States Endangered Species List
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

The United States government has added seven species of Hawaiian bees to the endangered species list, making them the first bee species to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.


Over-Exploitation

Getting to Know: Over-Exploitation of Resources
(Canadian Version)
(Spanish Version)
Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Reading Passage

Learn the basics about Over-Exploitation of Resources and uncover common misconceptions about the concept.
 
Over-Exploitation of Resources
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Board

Includes an overview; vocabulary, literacy, and hands-on activities… and homework!


Illicit Trafficking

Drones Aid Wildlife Conservation and Fight Poaching
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Pilotless drone aircraft will be used to track wildlife and fight poachers in wildlife reserves around the world. Park rangers in Kenya plan to introduce drones to help monitor endangered animals over vast expanses of park land…
 
Illegal Trafficking of Wild Animals
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Interviews veterinarian Carmen Campunal about the illegal trafficking of wild animals in Peru.


Virtual Field Trip

Of the People: Protecting Our Ocean
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

The ocean feeds billions of people, employs millions of workers, and generates trillions of dollars in the world economy. Unfortunately, this vast resource is under tremendous pressure from illegal fishing, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts. We’ll take you inside the State Department in Washington, D.C. to learn how international cooperation among nations, as well as everyday actions by students can save our ocean.


Spotlight on Strategies: Six Word Story
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy allows students to practice summarizing and selective word choice. Students use an image or an article as the basis for a story that conveys a big idea using only six words. Consider using this strategy at the end of your World Wildlife Day investigations and challenging students to see the six words as a kind of tagline or message to inspire action for conservation efforts (e.g. “Oceans support life — return the favor.”)

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