This unit on endangered species is to promote awareness of endangered species, as well as of ways in which endangered species affect humans. Students would be able to share their knowledge about endangered species with others, so that they can improve the quality of the lives of animals and their environment, as well as develop a respect for all living things. By allowing the children to learn of the many endangered animals throughout the United States, the facilitator hopes that someday they will try to protect animals from extinction. This is something that they would begin working on in the classroom. Also, students would increase awareness of the ways in which the environment and the world work as one community.
The author’s rationale is that individualized instruction focuses on the individual and different characters of students by applying instructional strategies that, on the one hand, consider the individual differences and needs of students and, on the other hand, maintain room that allows students to express their own thoughts. Dunn and Dunn's (1992) major theoretical points is especially representative of this instruction. Non-direct instruction developed by Joyce and Weil (2002) emphasizes learners' external instincts and the feelings and internalization of their core beliefs belonging to the ample expression of emotion
The goal is to lead students in expressing emotion and cause them to think, understand, and further their adjustment of self. It involves giving students the freedom of control to become mature and also stresses social interpersonal relationships which is important for students with special needs. Social skill instruction strategy is important because the ability of a person to appreciate others' points of view as well as develop thought processes and emotions depends on whether he/she can effectively interact with others (Rubin, Lemare, & Lollis, 1985).
However, social interaction is essential in learning; students can be trained to possess the abilities of expression and creation by viewing and emulating others. Additionally, using the creative thinking instruction strategy would provide students with a learning atmosphere of freedom, safety, and acceptance of individual differences that respects their opinions. Finally, cooperation learning instruction strategy involves learning through the use of cooperation among group members to use resources collectively as well as view, emulate, and help one another. In addition to giving tasks, rewarding, demonstrating authority, and grading in groups, this strategy can create competition among groups and enforce learning motives.
View the slide show at the following site: http:// training.fws.gov/deo/endang/INDEX.html and answer the following questions:
1. What does “endangered” mean? Give two examples of endangered species and explain how each of them became endangered?
Submit your assignment to the discussion area by Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Name your paper as: LastnameFirstIntial_M1_A1.doc. For example, if your name is Kathy Smith, your document will be named
SmithK_M1_A1.doc. Respond to at least 2 posts.
Consistently uses grammatically correct posts with rare misspellings Consistently posts topic related to discussion topic; cites additional references related to topic Few grammatical or spelling errors are noted in post Frequently posts topic that is related to discussion content; prompts further discussion of topic Errors in spelling and grammar evidenced in post Occasionally posts off topic; post is short in length and offer no further insight into the topic Utilizes poor spelling and grammar Posts topic which does not relate to the discussion content; makes short or irrelevant Delivery of Post Relevance of Post Score 4 3 2 1 Discussion Rubric
Discussion Rubric Cont’d TOTAL Aware of needs of community; frequently attempts to motivate the group discussion; presents creative approaches to topic Frequently attempts to direct the discussion and to present relevant viewpoints for consideration by group; interacts freely Occasionally makes meaningful reflection on group’s efforts; marginal effort to become involved with group Does not make effort to participate in learning community as it develops; seems indifferent Contribution to the Learning Community Expresses opinions and ideas in a clear and concise manner with obvious connection to topic Opinions and ideas are stated clearly with occasional lack of connection to topic Unclear connection to topic evidenced in minimal expression of opinions or ideas Does not express opinions or ideas clearly; no connection to topic Expression Within the Post
Discuss ways that wildlife biologists are working to save endangered species and what are two species that are success stories, brought back from the brink of extinction. How can you help? Respond to two posts.
Chat Rubric 24 Total 4 Responded to at least 2 posts 4 Stated how you can help 4 Named two species that are success stories 4 Discussed ways that wildlife biologists are working to save endangered species 4 Participated in the Discussion 4 Entered Chat Discussion Maximum Points Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Write a two page paper on your discoveries with accurate punctuation, grammar and spelling. Include a heading, title and bibliography. Submit your assignment to the Dropbox by Friday December 4, 2009. Name your paper as: LastnameFirstIntial_M1_A1.doc.
For example, if your name is Kathy Smith, your document will be named
SmithK_M1_A3.doc. Respond to two of the posts.
Written Assessment Rubric 24 Total 4 Used at least three sources from the library 4 Answered questions listed 4 Responded to at least 2 posts 4 Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation 4 Included Title, heading 4 Included a bibliography Maximum Points Grading Criteria
Endangered Species: What Does It Mean to Be Endangered?
A plant or animal species is endangered if it is at risk of disappearing from the earth. When a species disappears, it is extinct. Extinction is forever. No extinct animal can ever come back. Sometimes, a species is not currently at risk of becoming extinct, but people think it will be soon. These species are called "threatened."
Extinction Long before recorded history, humans were killing off species of animals. Humans caused the extinction of huge birds called moas in Malaysia and of giant lemurs in Madagascar. We may also have caused the extinction of many large mammals like dire wolves, giant sloths, saber-toothed cats, and mastodons. Since 1600, more than 700 species of plants and animals have gone extinct. This is only counting the plants and animals that we know of. The majority of plants and animal species in the world have never even been documented. There is no way of knowing how many of these undiscovered treasures have been lost.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed in 1973 in order to protect those plant and animal species that are at risk of becoming extinct. Species that receive protection under the ESA are classified into two categories, "Endangered" or "Threatened," depending on their status (how many are left in the wild) and how severely their survival is threatened. A species that is listed as Endangered is in danger of becoming extinct throughout a significant portion of its habitat range (the areas where it lives). Threatened species are those that are likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future.
The Endangered Species Act outlines a number of protective measures that are designed to preserve species that have been listed as Endangered or Threatened. These measures include restrictions on hunting, transporting and trading (buying and selling) the species.
Days Four and Five What are Biologists doing about endangered species?
The World Wildlife Fund
For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
Mission WWF's mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species; promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution. We are committed to reversing the degradation of our planet's natural environment and to building a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. We recognize the critical relevance of human numbers, poverty and consumption patterns to meeting these goals. Goal By 2020 WWF will conserve 19 of the world's most important natural places and significantly change global markets to protect the future of nature.