It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, animals are still facing extinction and are categorized as endangered. Endangered animals aren’t very far removed from us in proximity. For instance, we just found out that certain species of sea turtles found on the island where we live are considered endangered.
That has prompted my little ones’ curiosity to find out more about endangered animals. If your kids are exploring this topic as well this school year, then grab some of these resources and worksheets all about endangered animals that can help bring their lessons to life.
We never really stop to think about the animals all around us at times. Maybe it’s because we are so involved in our own lives.
Once we realized that the sea turtles in the ocean around us are classified as endangered, we began to notice that we are seeing fewer and fewer of them around the waters. We very rarely see them at all anymore. It is quite sad.
We began to research and learned that the Hawksbill Turtle and the Leatherback Turtle have both lost their population by 90% in the past 100 years. Eighty-percent has been lost only within the last ten years (One Kind Planet). My kids were shocked about how recently they have lost so many.
You wouldn’t think it, but many of our favorite animals growing up are considered endangered now. According to One Kind Planet, animals like the gorilla, rhino, orangutan, and even tigers are making the top ten critically endangered lists across the globe.
Educating our children about the effects of why these animals are considered endangered species can be quite tricky. Yet, the more kids are informed about this subject, the more they are aware of the impact they have on their environment.
Why study endangered animals?
The word endangered is quite powerful. Kids can quickly relate the word to knowing that the animals are actually “in danger” from the environment around them. And we humans, have a lot to do with this.
We, as a people, are doing things to hurt the animals — some intentional and some as a byproduct of our actions.
People hunt animals for food or entertainment/leisure.
We also destroy the places where they live to build things that we want, like access to roads or homes.
This is pretty sad. However, it doesn’t have to be such a downtrodden topic for our kids. We understand that the Lord is sovereign, and he has left us clear instructions to follow about how we should treat and view animals as part of His creation.
We found some parts of this resource helpful about the Bible’s Teachings on Protecting Animals and Nature (click the top link on that page for the free pdf) to share with my kids. It is a good depiction of how animals fall into the scheme of God’s will and design.
The Lord has left us with scripture, which clearly states our role in taking care of animals and nature. Here are just a few:
Proverbs 12:10 – A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast.
Psalm 145:9 – The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
Psalm 50:10-11 – For every beast of the forest is mine and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
Luke 12:6 – Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Psalm 104:24 – O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy creatures.
These Bible verses are great to memorize alongside your endangered species lessons to create awareness for our little ones. Your family can also find it enjoyable to put their love for animals into action.
Here are some ways that your family can get involved in the awareness of endangered species while learning:
Plan a trip to a conservation center and let your kids explore how they take care of animals the right way.
Purchase cruelty-free brands in your home.
Read labels and have your kids do some research about cruelty-free brands available in local stores as an alternative to other brands. Ethical Elephant has a list of 500+ cruelty-brands your kids can research.
Watch documentaries or movies that focus on animals and the environment.
Kids really enjoy nature shows – well, my kids do. I love how children can find animals and how they live so intriguing. There are swarms of videos on Netflix or Youtube that can help them learn.
Wild Republic Endangered Animals Nature Tube, Toy Figures, Tube Animals, Kids Gifts, Endangered Animals, Panda, Rhino, Tiger and more, 18-PieceWild Republic Red Panda Plush, Stuffed Animal, Plush Toy, Gifts for Kids, Hug’Ems 7Bits and Pieces – Nesting Endangered Species-Hand Painted Wooden Nesting Dolls – Set of 5 Dolls from 5.5Wild Republic Rhino Baby Plush, Stuffed Animal, Plush Toy, Gifts For Kids, Cuddlekins 12 Inches
The resources and worksheets below will help your family study all about endangered animals:
Project-Based Learning Activity: Endangered Animal Awareness, Build An App (PBL) | Digital Divide and Conquer
Endangered Species Unit: Primate Lesson Plan | Kid World Citizen
World Wildlife Service Learning Project (Endangered Animals Pack) | exploraSTORY Learning with Tori Ime
FREE Animal Word Search: Endangered Species | Education.com
FREE Endangered Animals Printable | The Relaxed Homeschool
Collect, Craft & Learn: Endangered Wildlife Stamps | Danya Banya
FREE Printable Endangered Animal Worksheets | Easy Teacher Worksheets
English ESL Endangered Animals Worksheets | iSLCollective
Endangered Species Worksheets | edHelper
ENDANGERED ANIMAL REPORTS Research Project Templates plus BOOM CARDS | Teacher Features
Endangered Animals FREE Presentations | Pete’s Power Point Station
Sumatran Orangutan Endangered Animal Poster | Teach starter
Endangered Animals Placemat| Tottalk
Endangered Animal Word Wall | Montessorikiwi
Endangered Animals Set | Reading Club Fun
Endangered Animals Research Project | Think Grow Giggle
Endangered Animals – Project Based Learning Science | Sweet Integrations
Endangered Animals Nonfiction | Second Grade Stories
Endangered Animals Unit Study Ideas | A Story Book Day
Endangered Animals – PowerPoint & Activities | Ryan Nygren – RKN
DK Eyewitness Books: Endangered Animals: Discover Why Some of the World’s Creatures Are Dying Out and What We Can Do to Protect Them101 Fascinating Facts About 10 Endangered Animals In The World!: Educational Animals Book For KidsThe Most Endangered Animals in the World (All About Animals)Critically Endangered Animals : What Are They? Animal Books for Kids | Children’s Animal Books
Exploring endangered animals can help kids pay more attention to the environment around them. They may even begin to wish that mosquitos or ants were facing extinction, but there’s no such luck.
The world is struggling with environmental problems, but ensure your kids that God’s sovereign hand is in it all, and He is faithful. He has created the most beautiful picture we could ever think up in our minds.
Appreciating and learning about those animals who are in danger is beneficial to all our children, especially in the context of God’s perfect design. So, grab these resources and start the journey to learn all about endangered animals with your learners this homeschool year.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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