Endangered Animal Adoption

For the past few years I have adopted an animal for my class.  It started about 5 years ago when we were studying sea turtles.  That year I adopted a sea turtle that had a satellite tracker on her (which eventually came off).  We got to follow along with her little journey.  That was fun!

Then 2 years ago we I read the amazing The One and Only Ivan as a read aloud!  Such a wonderful book.  After reading that I decided to look into animal adoption, I thought it would be fun to adopt a silver back gorilla to go along with our book....
and this is where adopting endangered animals from World Wildlife Fund started.

Last year, we really didn't read a book with a tie in to an animal so I decided to let the students choose.  They worked in teams and narrowed it down to 5 animals, then we voted as a class and the winner was the blue-footed booby, which by the way, I already thought was extinct:/
My class last year also went through the catalog and each chose their own endangered animal to research.  They eventually wrote their own little informational text books on their animal (that will have to be another post:) )
There are different levels of adoption and each level comes with different items.  I do the $55 adoption level which includes:
-  the adoption certificate
- and color photo of the animal
- a species spotlight card
- stuffed animal
- gift bag
The students get so excited about this and really feel like they are helping out that animal:)  They also "dig into" finding any and all info on that animal to share with the class as we await the arrival of our adoption package.
The stuffed animals become great reading buddies in the classroom too!

This year, I again let them vote:)
and the winner was the adorable and amazing Okapi!
Such a beautiful creature!
Now, since I have ordered, I get a magazine in the mail automatically.  The magazines are wonderful!  Yes, they are full of stuffed animals, BUT they are also full of wonderful information about the regions these animals live in, details about the different animals, wonderful pictures, and lots of info on the level of endangerment that animal is currently in.
This is a fun and educational way to "give back to the world", if only a little bit!


17 comments

  1. What a great idea!!!! I am so excited to do this with my students this year! Did you fund the animal adoption or did you have your students donate towards the adoption?

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    1. Thank you Sammie! I funded it but called it ours:)

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  2. As an elementary science teacher, I love this idea. So many things about the animal, it's habitat and the ecosystem that can be researched. As an adoptive parent, who respects your work and concept, I'd encourage you to call it "sponsoring" an animal rather than "adopting". Adoption is a life long commitment. I'm ok with adopting a pet that you are planning on keeping for the pets natural lifespan, but a one year commitment isn't the same.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I was in no way trying to be disrespectful or use the term out of context....I was just using the terms their website does. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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  3. I think your doing a wonderful thing for your kids by adopting an animal. I would love to do this for my kids this year. Thanks for the great information.

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    1. You are so welcome! Thank you for popping in:) If you do it, I would love to hear about it:)

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  4. I love that you do a different animal each year. I did a study on manatees last year with my kinders and we adopted a manatee and tracked it on-line. But the only thing we got was a newsletter. :-( They enjoyed it, though.

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  5. Hey Tara You Share a Information Superb, It is very helpful I like it. Thanks for share IT.

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  7. Hi, I would love to know if you posted the informational text book? My kids have already completed their persuasive papers but would love to incorporate this into my lessons.

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  13. admin you have sharing great king of knowledge , it help kids to learn

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