Defenders of the wildlife- A WebQuest for 11th Grade (ESL)

Introduction

Do you know what it means if an animal is "endangered"? It means that there are not many of that type of animal left in the world, and one day, they might all be gone, which is called becoming "extinct". Dinosaurs, for example, are extinct. How do animals become extinct?

The World's Most Endangered Animals & Where To See Them 2020 | Wanderlust

  • They lose their habitat, which means that there's nowhere for them to live. For example, many animals make their homes in the rain forests that are being cut down. Once all the trees are gone, there will be nowhere for these animals to live, so they will die.

  • Some animals, like chimpanzees, are becoming extinct because people kill them to eat them.

  • Animals are taken from the wild and sent to circuses and zoos, leaving fewer animals in nature to carry on the species.

  • Some people shoot animals for fun. This is called "big game hunting", and if enough animals are killed this way, some animals could become extinct.

  • Elephants are taken from the wild and forced to drag heavy machines to help people cut down forests. This is called "logging. 

Watch the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WLcGRMNj0U

And remember extinction is FOREVER!!!!       

Endangered Animals: List of 15+ Endangered Animals with Facts • 7ESL

But there is something positive: ENDANGERED means that there is still time!!!

Task

You and your classmates have been hired by the newly created ENDANGERED ANIMAL PRESERVATION LEAGUE in your city to write its first magazine about ENDANGERED ANIMALS. As part of their educational campaign, each group in this class will publish an article for the magazine about a specific endangered animal. Magazines will be distributed in an effort to educate the public.

What are some of the world's most endangered species? - Answers

 

Process

                                                                                     Stage One:

Select a card with a photo of an endangered animal, Then you have to find out who has the same card, you will be in the same group.

Then you have to decide who will be in charge of each role to perform the task:

EDITOR: You will be in charge of selecting the information

               that will be included in the article. When the first   

               draft of the article is finished, you will have to

               monitor its style and language.

DESIGNER: You will design the article layout and include

                    suitable photographs, graphics and visual aids.

                    You will also be in charge of the poster layout for

                    the oral presentation.

WRITER: You have to write the main article for the magazine

                including the required information.

                                                                                                    STAGE 2:

Using the web, you are going to collect facts, information and photographs about an endangered animal. Your collection of informational facts must include the following details about your animal:

Appearance (size, coloring, etc.).

Habitat and home facts (country, type of land or water, nest, caves, etc.)

Food (what type, how it gets food)

Life cycle special adaptations (features that make it possible for it to survive in its habitat)

Why it is an endangered animal

What is being done or can be done to preserve it

You may paste your electronic notes and photograph into any word processing program. After you have collected your notes and photograph electronically, print your notes, and begin a rough draft of your magazine article. You may use any word processing program to create your article.

 

HERE YOU HAVE SOME USEFUL LINKS

https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Animals/CreatureFeature/Polar-bear

https://defenders.org/wildlife/polar-bear?ht=

 

                                                                                                    STAGE 3 

Once you have finished all your research, you can write and design your article. You can write a draft copy first so it can be corrected. Then you can move to your final article.

 

                                                                                                   STAGE 4

Don’t you think it is a good idea to share the gathered information with your classmates? Each group will design a poster as a visual aid for an oral presentation. Your poster and should display interesting facts information and photos about your animal. Be creative!!!!

                                                                                                  STAGE 5

It’s time for your class presentation! You and your group will show off all your hard work!!

                                                                                                  STAGE 6

All the articles will be organized and included in the ENDANGERED ANIMAL PRESERVATION LEAGUE magazine.

The whole class will design a cover.

                                                                                                 STAGE 7     

We will make copies of the magazines and distribute them!

 

 

Evaluation

 

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Satisfactory

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Proficient

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Outstanding

 

Content

All components effectively researched

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All components fully and successfully discussed with group

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Sufficient amount of jot notes with many varying ideas for solutions to group questions

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Correct spelling and grammar

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Effective note taking

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Poster and presentation

Product layout contributes to audiences comprehension

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Creative and eye catching

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Originality of design

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Effective images and colors used

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Speaking voice is clear and concise

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Group work

Worked together cooperatively, helping team members

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Equally contributed to final product

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Took responsibility of individual roles

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Stayed focused and on task

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Resolved issues or conflicts effectively as a group

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Conclusion

Great Job! The ENDANGERED ANIMAL PRESERVATION LEAGUE is thankful and pleased with all your findings and with your article.

You have become an expert on endangered animals and have reach out to help them. You have learned why animals are endangered and why they need to be helped. In addition, with the distribution of the magazine, you have made others aware of the growing problem of animals being endangered.

For more information on how you can help endangered species, click https://www.endangered.org/10-easy-things-you-can-do-to-save-endangered-species/#:~:text=Scientists%20tell%20us%20the%20best,jobs%20and%20supports%20local%20businesses.

    

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  • Learners: ESL Eleventh  graders 
  • Age: 15- 18  years old
  • Language profile: Eleventh graders in Colombia South America count with a B1 English level at the end of the year. Colombia does not have twelve grade. 
  • Proficiency levels: B1 
  •  Language goal:  To provide exciting opportunities for students to make discoveries and use their language skills, especially through inquiry-based lessons related to social issues. 
  • Theme: Language as shaped by the environment: linguistic critical thinking in a collaborative task. 
  • Ultimate objective: To use the language skills to make others aware of social issues and become defenders of the wildlife.