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"Getting to Know All About You"

The endangered species introduction.

Howard Waterman
1991 Woodrow Wilson Biology Institute


Objective:

To get students to learn each other's name and at the same time get them familiar with some common endangered species.

(Please note that the list of species categorized as "Endangered" changes over time. Thus some of the species listed as "Endangered" in this activity--written in 1991-- may no longer be included in this category. By updating the list prior to use, the activity remains, however, a useful introduction both to members of the class, and to some endangered species.)"

Procedure:

Students' names are written on cards which have been cut out. Without the student watching, their name and the name of an endangered species is placed on their back with tape.

Students go about the room asking ONLY one question of each other as to what characteristics their animal has. They are to ask the question in a "Yes" "No" form and precede the question with the other student's name. That is, "John, does my animal have wings?". After students have had sufficient time to ask questions of many students, they are asked to share with the class what their "best" guess is. Whether right or not is of little importance. They can then remove their tags and discover if they were right in their hypothesis. Then pose the question, "What do all these animals have in common?" - students may not be able to identify that these are all endangered species and a good discussion can focus on many other characters and the final solution.

POLAR BEARUrsus Meritimus
RETICULATED GIRAFFEGiraffa camelopardalis
BLACK SWANCygnus Atratus
SNOWY OWLNyctea Scandiaca
WOOD DUCKAis Sponsa
RED KANGAROOMacropus Rufus
PYGMY CHIMPANZEEPan Paniscus
CALIFORNIA CONDORGymnogyps californianus
SNOW LEOPARDPanthera Uncia
AFRICAN ELEPHANTLoxodonta africana
CALIFORNIA CONDORGymnogyps californianus
HUMPBACK WHALEMegoptera novaeangliae
GIANT OTTERPteronura Brasiliensis
MOUNTAIN GORILLAGorilla Gorilla beringei
PROBOSCIS MONKEYNasalia larvatus
GREVY'S ZEBRAEquus Grevyi
BIGHORN SHEEPOvis Canadensis
SIBERIAN TIGERPanthera Tigris altaica
GIANT PANDAAiluropoda Melanoleuca
AMERICAN BISONBison Bison
WHOOPING CRANEGrus Americana
JAVAN RHINOCEROSRhinoceros sondaicus
RAINBOW-BILL TOUCANRamphastos sulfuratus
PEACOCKPavo Cristatus
UTAH PRARIE DOGCynomys parvidens
ASIAN ELEPHANTElephas M
WHITE-EAR PHEASANTCrossoptilon crossoptilon
CENTRAL ASIAN COBRANaja oxiana
ORANGUTANPongo Pygmaeus
INDIAN PYTHONPython Molurus
KOMODO DRAGONVaranus Komodoensis
ASIATIC LIONPanthera Leo Persica
GALAPAGOS TORTOISETestudo elephantopus
GIANT ANTEATERMyrmecophaga tridactyla
GIANT ARMADILLOPriodontes giganteus
DALMATIAN PELICANPelecanus crispus
ASIATIC BUFFALOBubalus Bubalus
WOLFCanis Lupus
ST. LUCIA PARROTAmazona Versicolor
WAGLER'S MACAWAra Canide
PILEATED GIBBONHylabates Pileatus
CENTRAL AM. TAPIRTapirus Bairdii
GILA MONSTERHeloderma Suspectum
DRILL (Baboon) Papio Leucophaeus
PYGMY HIPPOPOTAMUSChoeropsis liberiensis
MUSTACHED MONKEYCercopithecus cephus
BIRD OF PARADISEParadisaea raggiana
SCARLET MACAWAra Macao
HAWKSBILL TURTLEEretmochelys imbricata
GOLDEN PARAKEETAratinga guarouba
PHILIPPINE EAGLEPithecaphaga jefferyi
RED-TAILED PARROTAmasona brasiliensis
PHILIPPINE TARSIERTarsius Syrichta
HOODED PARAKEETPsephpotus chrysopterygius
SPLENDID PARAKEETNeophema splendida
BONTEBOK ANTELOPEDamaliscus dorcas dorcas
MONGOLIAN WILD HORSEEquus przewalskii
WHITE-TAILED GNUConnochaetes gnou
ARABIAN ORYXOryx Leucoryx


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