Create to Educate!

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The purpose of this lesson is to give each learner an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of an endangered species (animal) of their own choosing.  Each learner will "adopt" an endangered animal to research. They will then write and illustrate a non-fiction text, based on their research, designed to educate others about their selection and what could be done to prevent the extinction of their selected species.

PrintTwo Forty-Five Minute Class Periods

The learner will:

  • select an endangered animal species to research.
  • research and record information on the Information Record Sheet (Handout One)
  • create a non-fiction text about the selected endangered species as outlined on the Endangered Species Non-Fiction Text Rubric (Handout Two)
  • Class set of the Information Record Sheet (Handout One)
  • Endangered Species Non-Fiction Text Rubric (Handout Two)
  • Construction paper
  • Writing paper, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, and markers
  • Stapler or book binding machine
  • Library books on a variety of endangered species
  • The chart paper listing the ideas how extinction might be avoided from Lesson One
  • (Optional) Student access to On-line Computers
Teacher Preparation 

It is recommended that a variety of books articles, pamphlets, etc. dealing with endangered animals be obtained and readily available for the learners to use during this lesson.

It is further recommended that prior arrangements be made with another teacher to have the learners visit this other classroom to share their stories.  

Home Connection 

After the books are shared with the students in another class, ask the learners to take them hometo read,share and discuss with their family.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Read a picture book about endangered animals. Ask comprehension questions such as: What is the name of one of the endangered animals identified in this book? What is the animal's habitat? Why is this animal endangered?Can anything be done to help the animal from becoming extinct? What?

  2. Explain to learners that today they will be doing some research of their own to learn more about an endangered animal of their choosing.

  3. To assist them in doing their research have them select from the assortment of pre-selected books or articles organized by the teacher or if Internet is available have the learners search for endangered animals to begin their selection and research project.

  4. Distribute a copy of Handout 1: Information Record Sheet to each learner explaining how the sheet is to be used.

  5. Inform the learners that they will be using the information they find in their research to create a book similar to the one that was read to them today.

  6. Distribute and demonstrate how the learners are to create a non-fiction book about their selected endangered spices utilizing Handout 2: Endangered Species Non-Fiction Text Rubric.

  7. Tell the learners that they will use the information from their Information Record Sheet to create their book. Remind them that their illustrations should match the words on the respective page.

  8. When the research and books are completed, have the learners take turns reading their books to the class. Have the learners discuss why it might be important/helpful to share what they have discovered during their research with other students.

  9. Take some time to discuss and identify the hoped-for outcomes of such sharing of information, then have the learners read their stories to another class in the school in order to share their knowledge with others.


The learner's successful completion of the Information Record Sheet (Handout One), the book writing based on the Endangered Species Non-Fiction Text Rubric (Handout Two), and the knowledge and skill evident in the book sharing with other learners will form the basis for the assessment of this lesson.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.5 Give examples of actions students can take to improve the common good and list or describe responsibilities that go with those actions.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark E.3 Identify outcomes from the service.