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SAVING AMERICA'S ENDANGERED SPECIES

Background: Can you imagine a world without bald eagles, northern spotted owls, Hawaiian monk seals, or red wolves. Each of these species of the phylum Chordata is in danger of extinction. In a recent issue of Life magazine, 100 different endangered plant and animal species were discussed. The reasons for their endangered status includes: habitat destruction, predation, disease, and lack of adequate safeguards from excessive commercial, recreational, and scientific use.

Before humans arrived on the planet, one species out of a million died out every year; and these, due to natural causes. Now, with pesticides, pollutants, and sophisticated technology, we are killing tens of thousands of species every year. If we continue at this rate 1/5 of the life forms will be extinct within 30 years.

Purpose: What are the causes and possible solutions to the endangered status of a particular endangered chordate from North America?

Procedures:

This endangered species project will be produced in the form of a newsletter. Each group of students will select one of the many species and do research on it. Each group will have to produce a news letter about the species. The final copy of the newsletter must be word processed on a computer. Student groups may have up to 4 members, but no two groups may use the same species. To give every group a fair chance, the group's species will be selected by drawing from a hat. Neatness is very important as copies of all of the newsletters will be distributed around the country for evaluation and use.

Each newsletter MUST include, at least, the following sections:

Science:

  • The classification taxons and scientific name of your animal.
  • A description of the habitat and region your animal occupies.
  • The reasons your animal is endangered and what if anything is being done about it.

History:

  • The history of human development and a geographical description of the region in which your species is found.

Humanities: (at least 2 of the following)

  • A word game about your species.
  • A poem about your species.
  • A comic strip about your species.
  • An interview with a public official about your species.

Cross- Cultural:

  • A Spanish (or other foreign language of your choosing) translation of the description of your species and it's habitat and a foreign language advertisement about saving your species.

Art:
  • A black and white pencil or ink drawing of your species. An advertisement about saving your species.

List of References:

  • A bibiliographical list of books, periodicals, professional experts, and scientific organizations you used to gather your information.

How can one help?

  • A list of ideas or ways people can donate time and/or money to help save the species from extinction.




Project = _______________ points

Project is due ----> ________________

ENDANGERED SPECIES NEWSLETTER

Group Members:

Each newsletter MUST include, at least, the following sections:

Science:

  • The classification taxons and scientific name of your animal. 5 POINTS
  • A description of the habitat and region your animal occupies. 5 POINTS
  • The reasons your animal is endangered and what if anything is being done about it. 10 POINTS

History:
  • The history of human development and a geographical description of the region in which your species is found. 10PTS

Humanities: (at least 2 of the following)
5 POINTS EACH = 10 POINTS

  • A word game about your species.
  • A poem about your species.
  • A comic strip about your species.
  • An interview with a public official about your species.

Cross- Cultural:

  • A Spanish (or other foreign language of your choosing) translation of the description of your species and it's habitat and a foreign language advertisement about saving your species. 10 POINTS

Art:

  • A black and white pencil or ink drawing of your species. 10 POINTS
  • An advertisement about saving your species. 10 POINTS

List of References:

  • A bibiliographical list of books, periodicals, professional experts, and scientific organizations you used to gather your information. 10 POINTS

How can one help?

  • A l ist of ideas or ways people can donate time and/or money to help save the species from extinction. 10 POINTS
  • General appearance - 10 POINTS

Another 2 points extra credit will be given per section based on the initialing showing who worked on which sections.

If your newsletter doesn't look like a newsletter, you will get only 50% of the points you earned. Once you reassemble the report into a newsletter format, we will reinstate the full number of your points. This must be done by June 3,1995.

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ENDANGERED SPECIES NEWSLETTER

Group Members:

Each newsletter MUST include, at least, the following sections:

Science:

  • The classification taxons and scientific name of your animal. 5 POINTS
  • A description of the habitat and region your animal occupies. 5 POINTS
  • The reasons your animal is endangered and what if anything is being done about it. 10 POINTS

History:
  • The history of human development and a geographical description of the region in which your species is found. 10PTS

Humanities: (at least 2 of the following)
5 POINTS EACH = 10 POINTS

  • A word game about your species.
  • A poem about your species.
  • A comic strip about your species.
  • An interview with a public official about your species.

Cross- Cultural:

  • A Spanish (or other foreign language of your choosing) translation of the description of your species and it's habitat and a foreign language advertisement about saving your species. 10 POINTS

Art:

  • A black and white pencil or ink drawing of your species. 10 POINTS
  • An advertisement about saving your species. 10 POINTS

List of References:

  • A bibiliographical list of books, periodicals, professional experts, and scientific organizations you used to gather your information. 10 POINTS

How can one help?

  • A l ist of ideas or ways people can donate time and/or money to help save the species from extinction. 10 POINTS
  • General appearance - 10 POINTS

Another 2 points extra credit will be given per section based on the initialing showing who worked on which sections.

If your newsletter doesn't look like a newsletter, you will get only 50% of the points you earned. Once you reassemble the report into a newsletter format, we will reinstate the full number of your points. This must be done by June 3,1995.


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