Lesson Plan #:AELP-ANM002
Author: Howard C. Kimmel, Ririe Elementary School, Ririe, ID Date: May 1994
Grade Level(s): 4, 5, 6
OVERVIEW: The topic of endangered species and their impact on society is both of high interest and controversy. This lesson is part of a unit designed to address this while specifically working with higher level thinking skills.
The purpose of this lesson is to allow the student to select a specific endangered animal, identify it’s attributes, and suggest how changes in it’s physical and behavioral characteristics would improve it’s chances for survival.
OBJECTIVES: The student will be able to:
A chart or student handout detailing the SCAMPER technique is needed. Illustrations of animals that have been designated as endangered from magazines or other sources would be helpful for suggestions and motivation.
ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES:
- select an animal
- identify its characteristics
- discuss what factors have caused it to become endangered
- use the SCAMPER technique to adapt the animal
- make an illustration of your SCAMPERed animal to share with the class
TYING IT ALL TOGETHER:
When the students have had sufficient time to complete the activity, ask them to return to their seats and share their results with the class. Ask each individual and/or group to describe how and why they SCAMPERed their animal. Let them share their illustration with the class (or post them, if space is available). Solicit suggestions and comments from the class to help further improve the adaptations suggested for each animal.
SCAMPER checklist: S (Substitute) – Have a thing or person act or serve in another’s place C (Combine) – Bring together or unite A (Adapt) – Adjust to suit a condition or purpose M (Modify) – Alter or change in form or quality (Magnify) – Enlarge or make greater in quality or form (Minify) – Make smaller, lighter, slower, less frequent P (Put to other uses) – Use for purposes other than the ones intended E (Eliminate) – Remove, omit, or get rid of a quality, part, or whole R (Rearrange) – Change order or adjust; create another layout or scheme
These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center’s Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops.