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Endangered Planet
Description Goals and Objectives Grade Level: 3-5
In this lesson, students visit the Planet Arkive Fact Files where they research endangered animals. They then take what they have learned and create a collection of placemarks (one per continent) that contain the name of the animal, where it lives and some facts they learned about the endangered animal. The Learner will use the internet to research endangered animal species.
The Learner will create a collection of placemarks using Google Earth to quantify their learning.
Content Areas Type:
Science
Geography
Student Controlled
Duration
1-2 hours
Skills Addressed File Resources Available Related Topics & Resources
Reading
Typing
Software Navigation
Multiple application utilization

googleearthicon Continents - With, Without names
weblinkicon Student Instructions Mini-site
weblinkicon Planetarkive.org
zipicon Zip of entire lesson directory 385K

Planet Arkive is a fantastic resource I was pointed to by MrBarrett from the Google Earth Community. The core site, www.arkive.org offers lesson plans, videos, photos, and so much more!
Assessment
Completed Placemark Files
Notes about the Lesson Non-Digital Materials Needed Digital Materials Needed
One surprising thing to me was the difficulty that the 8-9 year olds had transfering the flat map of earth on the Planet Arkive site to the round Google Earth (which is why I created the labels for the continents). Students seem to be quite engaged by the lesson and enjoy exploring the facts about the animals. None Computer capable of running Google Earth and a web browser at the same time.
Created By: David Date: 13:19:32 2006-4-26

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Ideas for Extensions: 1. Have students make a placemark from every category of life-form per continent (amphibian, mammal, etc).
2. Have the student do a research paper on one of the animals in the placemarks.
3. Have students develop an action plan to help a local endangered species.
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      googleearthiconGoogle Earth .kmz Placemark Files Available
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