One way to really engage kids on the topic of environmentalism is to talk about endangered animals. As most children love animals, this is a subject that often speaks to their hearts. Here is a collection of learning resources on conservation for kids that focuses specifically on endangered animals, including a gorgeous new picture book that conveys the urgency of the problem as well as how we can help.
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Conservation for Kids: Resources to Learn About Endangered Animals
A wonderful introduction to the topic of endangered animals is the beautiful new picture book by Chelsea Clinton, Don’t Let Them Disappear. After the success of her other children’s books, such as the New York Times bestseller, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, Clinton has now turned her attention to conservation for kids, connecting their hearts and minds to endangered animals around the world. Some of the animals included on the list may surprise the reader, such as giraffes and elephants. (When we read the book the first time, my son said, “Wait! They’re endangered, too?”)
This book drives home the point that each animal is unique and a part of the tapestry of life on the planet. For each one included in the book, we are given some facts about what makes it special, as well as why it is endangered. In our house, this has sparked a lot of discussion about what habitat destruction is, and how war can harm animals, too.
Below are even more resources to teach kids about endangered animals. How do you teach conservation for kids?
General Resources and Ideas
Endangered Species Projects and Lessons for Kids: Kid World Citizen
Using a Live Webcam in the Classroom to Learn About Endangered Animals: El Mundo de Pepita
Earth Day Videos About Animals: Kid World Citizen
Endangered Land Animals 3-Part Cards: Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids
Endangered Marine Animals 3-Part Cards: Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids
Z Is for Zoo: Teaching Preschoolers About Animals: Inspiration Laboratories
Using a Zoo Trip to Teach Young Kids About Global Conservation: Multicultural Kid Blogs
Resources about Specific Endangered Animals
Learning About African Manatees: All Done Monkey
Learning About Andean Condors: All Done Monkey
The Flightless Birds of New Zealand and Australia: Kid World Citizen
Games to Learn About Endangered Animals of India: All Done Monkey
Book Review and Service Project: Crafty Moms Share
Spirit Bear: Endangered Animals Book Review: All Done Monkey
Learning About Bees Unit Lesson Plan: Nurture Store
Saving Elephants in Kenya: Multicultural Kid Blogs
18 Ways to Teach Kids About Coral Reefs: Kid World Citizen
Panda Facts, Books, Crafts, Videos, and More: Kid World Citizen