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Create a Save the Penguins Campaign

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

PROCESS:

  1. Invite students to share what they know about penguins. What are they like? Where do they live? What do they eat? How do they grow? Cover as many topics as possible.
  2. Point out that penguin populations around the world face a variety of threats. Many of those threats are man-made and they are endangering penguins across the globe.
  3. Inform the class that people are working hard to keep penguin populations from becoming extinct. But one key part of the problem is education. Scientists need to conduct more research to fully understand the problem. And they need to share their results in a way that everyone can understand.
  4. Instruct students to select one species of penguin and conduct research to learn more about it. Encourage them to identify key problems that threaten the future of that species. Then have students use what they learned to create a poster for a Save the Penguins 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 penguins. 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 Penguins campaign.
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Have groups brainstorm a list of commonly known facts about penguins. As they do this, remind them to consider the different species of penguins and the various habitats where they live. Give groups time to create a poster for a Save the Penguins campaign focused on a specific habitat.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into small groups. Have groups brainstorm a list of commonly known facts about penguins. Then have each group select one penguin species and conduct research to learn more about it. Instruct groups to identify a key threat the species they chose faces and summarize possible solutions. Give groups time to create posters highlighting what they consider to be the best solution.
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Have partners conduct research to learn more about penguins. Encourage them to focus on man-made problems that threaten penguin populations and the ideas people have tried to solve those issues. Instruct partners to select one penguin species and a key problem/solution people have attempted to address. Give them time to create an educational poster that will inform the general public and encourage people to take a stand to help this penguin species.