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What could the imaginary creatures Zorgan or Crested Crabbit possibly have in common? These two species are considered “at risk” due to very specific biological requirements. With the number of endangered species increasing globally it is important to consider how human influences on the environment affect plants and animals that are adapted to particular ecological niches.
This engaging activity introduces students to the concept of species resiliency as they analyze the ecology of real and make-believe animals. Learners will identify how risks like low reproductive rates affect adaptability and how humans can help reduce environmental impacts on vulnerable species by choosing to live sustainably.
This resource supports Grade 3-8 Science units that explore animal and plant life, ecosystems, endangered species and human impacts on habitats. Students also learn how species are categorized as at-risk, endangered or extinct. Discussions regarding the ecological role of producers and consumers can extend from the learning experience and food web concepts can be linked to environmental issues like bio-accumulation.
Living sustainably is important in conserving biodiversity and this theme could be the focus of a student action project in which a class creates a public education campaign to increase awareness of how to reduce your ecological footprint. The school could become a community model for sustainable living with simple projects such as reducing cafeteria food waste, implementing a reusable water bottle policy and creating a “no-idle” zone.
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