This lesson plan is designed to be used with the information on the
Endangered Species of Hawaii, Balancing on a Thin Line.

Grade level: 3-6

Subject : Science, Environment

Theme: System, Balance

Hawaii Content and Performance Standards

Generalizations (Big ideas to be generated by the students after their study of endangered species)

  •  Balance systems contribute to the survival of species and their habitats.
  • Balance leads to harmony.
  • Man and nature must interact in order for balance to occur.
  • Systems are composed of several parts that interact with one another.
  • When one part of the system fails or becomes extinct, it affects another.

Learner Outcomes

  • The students will be able to identify some endangered species and will be able to state their similarities and differences. (grades K-3)
  • The students will be able to state the main reasons why our species are being endangered in their state and/or country. (grades 2-6)
  • The students will be able to list some similarities and differences among the states/countries as to why the species are endangered.(grades 4-6)
  • The students will be able to list some ways as to how they can help the endangered species. (K-6)

Essential Questions:

  • Why are so many of our native species endangered?
  • How can we become care keepers of our environment?

Suggested Pre-activities:

  •  Write the words, endangered species, on the blackboard. Ask them what do the words endangered and species mean.

    The following two brainstorming activities will show how much the students know about endangered species and why they are endangered. Also it will begin to arose their interest.

  • Brainstorming: Ask the students to share all the endangered species that they know of, and where they can be found. Chart their answers. Accept all of their answers. Date the chart and post it up.
  • Brainstorming: Ask the students why do they think animals and plants become endangered. Chart their answers and post it up also.

Suggested Activities (Select the activities that you feel are appropriate for your class):

The activities could be done individually, in pairs, or as a cooperative group.

  • Make a list of 5-10 endangered species and state where they are located by going to the list of endangered species. Encourage them to create a list of species that can be found in different states/countries.
  • K-1 teachers may want to create a class book of the endangered species. Each child could add a page to the book.
  • Encourage students to make drawings of the endangered species or find pictures of them. They may copy and print any of the photos taken by Lena Kanemori that this website.
  • Students will research on why the animals they have selected are endangered.
  • Post a map showing where some of the endangered species are located .
  • Compare and contrast Hawaii's endangered species and/or the reasons why they are endangered with another state/country. Create a Venn Diagram (two circles overlapping) to show the similarities and diffferences.
  • Make a graphic organizer (chart) with selected states and/or countries listed and a list of some of their endangered species. Include on the chart reasons why they are endangered.
  • Read stories about endangered species.
  • Create a poster capturing an idea of how mankind can help our endangered species.
  • Make a list of how living species are becoming endangered in this world. Prioritize this list with the item that is most responsible for species becoming endangered as number one and so forth.

Products (Fun and creative ways of sharing their information: )

  •  Create a diorama (a 3-D project using a box, and glueing objects on all sides of the box) of an endangered species and its habitat. Write a description of it.
  • In cooperative groups have the students plan a video show or a short play that explains why animals are becoming endangered.
  • Make a pop-up book of endangered species and its habitat.
  • Write a story of an endangered species, and its plight to stay alive. The story may be converted into a movie roll.
  • Create an Endangered Species slideshow using Kid Pix, PowerPoint or a comparable software.
  • Create an endangered species stack using Hyperstudio.
  • Plan a debate: Should We Ban Hunting of all Animals.
  • Write a letter to the editor stating why we should protect our endangered species.

Evaluation: The evaluation of what the student have learned about the topic of endangered species should be based on the student's product and also how the student is able to answer some of the following questions: