Endangered Animals

Endangered Animals Webquest
Created by Maureen Kellogg and Holly Quaratella 

Introduction/The Quest/ The Process/ Resources

Learning Advice/ Evaluation/ Conclusion




There is still time!!! Endangered means a species numbers are limited and if efforts to save them are not soon put in place some of our favorite animals will be gone forever! You and your classmates will become experts on many different species of endangered animals. Your team will work cooperatively to learn about the physical characteristics, special adaptations, and habits of a particular animal. The team will determine if these traits contribute in any way to the species being endangered. Your team will use important resources online and off-line to learn all about endangered animals.  Each person on your team will complete one piece of research and work together to gain a better understanding of why time is running out for certain species.



The Quest:

Your team of conservationists are trying to inform the public about the problems endangered species face and the possible solutions to these problems.  You have been hired by the Times Running Out Foundation to research the physical characteristics, special adaptations, and habits that affect the endangered status of certain species.  In order to educate the public at many important meetings, your team must prepare an informative presentation.



The Process:
Along with your classmates, you will work in a small group to research many important facts about an endangered species.

Step 1: First, using the Internet, CD-ROM encyclopedia, eReader, and books available in class, you will write a summary to the questions assigned to your group.

Zoologists: Physical Characteristics and special adaptations
What does your animal look like?

Size of male and female

Outer covering(for example fur, feathers, scales, wings, patterns or colors, teeth, tusks)

What special physical adaptations does your animal have to help it survive in its ecosystem?

Environmentalists: Habitat and Habits
Where in the world does this species live?

What type of environment do they live in? (for example; mountains, forest, pond)

Why do they live in this type of environment?

What type of home does the animal have?  (for example; nest, cave)

What does this species eat?
Where does it get its food?

Is it a consumer or producer?

Conservationists: Reasons for being endangered and conservation effort
What are the reasons there are low numbers of your species?
What conservation efforts are being taken to save your animal? (How is your animal being helped so it does not become extinct?)


Step 2: Next, using word processing or Co-Writer you will write a summary of your findings.

Step 3: You and your teammates will present an oral report to your other classmates to share with them your findings for your endangered animal.

Step 4: Finally, your team of conservationists from the Times Running Out Foundation will inform the public with a videotaped presentation on cable TV.




Off-line Resources:

Turtles: Zoobooks
by Tess Lemmon and John Butler

: Zoobooks

The American Alligator
by Edward R. Ricciuti

Alligators and Crocodiles
: Zoobooks

Big Cats
: Zoobooks
Tigers: Zoobooks
Cougar by Jalma Barrettt
: Zoobooks

Elephant by Sarah Blakeman
Giant Panda: Zoobooks
Panda by Caroline Arnold
The Giant Panda at Home by Margaret Rau
: Zoobooks

Strange Lizards by Olive L. Earle
: Zoobooks

by Helen Gilks and Andrew Bale




Learning Advice:



*Become familiar with your particular questions so that you can easily and accurately locate appropriate answers.
*Use eReader to help you read and take notes from various Internet sites.
*You must take your research seriously.  Every member of the team plays an important role in understanding the traits and problems facing your endangered animals.
*Remember to check your paragraph for a main idea sentence and supporting details.  Capitalization, punctuation, and proper spelling are also needed. 




Projects will be evaluated using the following rubrics and checklists:

  • Research Report Rubric
  • Oral Presentation Rubric
  • Collaborative Work Skills Rubric
  • Written Report Checklist
  • Science Project Checklist
Hard copies will be distributed to the students at the beginning of the project.



Now you have learned all about many endangered species.  Would you like to know ways children can help care for our Earth and endangered species?  To find out, go to this site. http://www.nwf.org/earthsavers/

Credits: Photographs were taken from Bagheera's Lair by Craig Kasnoff

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