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  Endangered species
Updated 28 November 2001, 11.52
Comma butterfly (Robert Thompson/Butterfly Conservation)
Comma butterfly (Robert Thompson/Butterfly Conservation)

Overview
Children often feel sympathy towards animals that are cute or show human-like qualities.

This activity asks children to decide which of a group of animals should take priority over others for survival.

Learning objectives / outcomes

  • To consider own feelings towards different species of animals
  • To discuss own points of view within a group

Introduction / icebreaker
Read the story 'Britain's butterflies are dying out'.

Raise the point that an animal's worth is often linked to how human-like it is.
This can become of critical importance when public opinion is needed over an impending environmental crisis.

Ducklings

Main activity
'Where do you draw the line?'

Divide the class into small groups or pairs.
Give each group a copy of the worksheet that has a selection of animal images.

Click the link on the right for some examples of suitable images.

Explain that in this task they have the choice of saving only three of the animals on the worksheet. The rest will become extinct.
Ask the children to draw a line through the animals they would allow to become extinct.
They should discuss and write down the reasons for choosing their three animals?
Each group or pair can then feed back to the class.

Plenary
Pick out the key criteria used across the class for choosing one animal over another and discuss the issues they raise.

Below are some of the ideas that could come up.

  • How cuddly or appealing are the chosen animals?
  • Do students see some animals as being more intelligent?
  • Do students see some animals as being more intelligent?
  • Do students think animals that look more like humans are naturally more important?


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TeachersAnimal images
AnimalsBritain's butterflies are dying out

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Web Links
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Friends of the Earth
World Wildlife Fund
People's Trust for Endangered Species
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