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Create a Save the Elephants Campaign

Students will compile facts and use what they learned to create a poster for a Save the Elephants campaign.

PROCESS:

  1. Invite students to share what they know about elephants. What are they like? Where do they live? What do they eat? How do they grow? Cover as many topics as possible.
  2. Remind students that many people are concerned about the future of elephants. Human activities have depleted elephant populations and put their future at risk. Discuss how.
  3. Inform the class that many people are working hard to keep this from happening. And one key part of their mission is education. In order for people to try to solve the problem, they have to understand what the problem is in the first place.
  4. Instruct students to conduct research to learn more about elephants. Encourage them to add facts to the article's list. Then have students use what they learned to create a poster for a Save the Elephants campaign.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their posters with the class. Encourage classmates to identify and discuss the most interesting or unexpected facts featured on the posters.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As a class, brainstorm a list of commonly known facts about elephants. Divide the class into small groups. Instruct groups to conduct research to learn more. Then give them time to create a poster for a Save the Elephants campaign.
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Have groups brainstorm a list of commonly known facts about elephants. As they do this, remind them to consider the different types of elephants and the various habitats where they live. Give groups time to create a poster for a Save the Elephants campaign.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into small groups. Have groups brainstorm a list of commonly known facts about elephants. Have them conduct research to learn more. Then instruct each group to select one fact that they think best illustrates why elephants need to be saved. Give groups time to create their posters.
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Have partners conduct research to learn more about elephants. Encourage them to focus on conflicts between people and elephants-such as farmers trying to keep elephants out of their fields-and ideas people have tried to solve the problem. Instruct partners to select one problem/solution example. Give them time to create an educational poster that will teach people about this solution and help save elephants in one specific way.