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Supplements to the December 2013/January 2014 issue

Kind News, Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014

As 2013 winds down and 2014 begins, discuss with your class what they would like to do to make the world a better place for people and animals in the upcoming year. We hope this issue, featuring the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, will act as a springboard for great things to come.

Common Core Standards

After students read the feature story, explore the issue with them using the following activities, aligned with the Common Core Standards.


Primary (grades K-2)

SL.K-2.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions. - After students have read “Song for Animals,” locate Indonesia on a world map. Then locate the Arctic, where polar bears live. Discuss with the class how a young girl living on the equator might care so much about polar bears that she would write a song about saving an Arctic animal. Ask students what animals they care about. Do they live nearby or at a great distance? What can be done to help them?

Remind students that some animals, like polar bears, need a vast territory, others less. But all wild animals need their habitats. Explain that a habitat is where a wild animal naturally lives.There are many different kinds of habitats on Earth. Can students name some? Many animals lose their habitats when people cut down trees, pollute water, or build roads, homes, and businesses. Some animals are unable to adapt. Often changes to their habitat result in a lack of food, water, shelter, or a safe place to raise their young.

Junior (grades 3-4) and Senior (grades 5-6):

W.3-4.4 and W.5.4 - Produce coherent writing appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. - Upon signing the Endangered Species Act in 1973, President Nixon said, “Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed.” Ask students to imagine they are president 40 years from now and write what they might say in a speech about endangered animals in our country at that time.

SL.3-4.1, and SL.5.1 - Engage effectively in a collaborative discussion. - Use the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s interactive map at fws.gov/endangered/map to see what animals are endangered in your area. Have students choose one animal to research and report back to the class about the problems the animal faces and what is being done to help them.

Have students locate Indonesia on a world map. Then have them locate the Arctic, where polar bears live. Ask: How different are the environments on the equator from the Arctic? Is it surprising that a young girl from Indonesia would choose polar bears to sing about? Do you think we should all be concerned about animals in distant parts of the world? Why?

Supplemental worksheets

Use the "Endangered Animal Math" worksheet to test students on what they learned in this issue of Kind News.
Primary (grades K-2) | Junior (grades 3-4) | Senior (grades 5-6

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