After watching the movie, we had a discussion, using the think, pair, share strategy, about what kids could do to share the idea that elephants need to be saved. We read an article from National Geographic Kids, "Angels" Help Elephants, which helped them realize that even kids can make a difference!
Students created posters that shed light on the plight of these magnificent creatures. Here are some sample of these posters, Save The African Elephant Poster, Save The Asian Elephants Poster. Some students created question and answer cards like this one,Question and Answer Card Sample Cover, Question and Answer Card Sample Answer, and same created public service announcements that we played in the hallway so that students could stop and learn about the elephants. They came to understand why elephants are endangered. Here are some samples, Why Save The African Elephant? Why Save The Asian Elephant?
This lesson brought my students to the realization that one person can make a difference. They were able to explain the cause and effect relationship between the elephants plight and the impact that humans have on the elephant's environment and survival. Many students even asked their parents to sign the petition that is found on the Kids National Geographic site to Ban Ivory .