"Adopt" an Endangered Animal for Your Classroom

We have 2 new little additions to our classroom!!!!
I posted a picture of these little cuties on my FB page the other day and got a few questions so I thought I would do a quick blog post.  

I am a HUGE animal lover and share that love in the classroom all the time with classroom pets and sharing stories about my own pets/farm.  I also like to do things to promote helping the environment.  This "animal adoption" all started with adopting a sea turtle one year.  That was so fun because it had been rescued and then released with a satellite tracker, so we were able to watch and track the travels of our turtle.  
Next came reading The One and Only Ivan.  Reading that book lead to adopting a silver back gorilla. 
You can read more about that here:)  Since then, each year, I have let my class go through the World Wildlife Fund catalog, do a little research, and vote on an animal to adopt.
After the gorilla, the class chose a blue footed booby....which by the way, I thought was already extinct!
Last year, my class voted and adopted an Okapi.  Love those!
Which leads to this year.....the kids chose the black footed ferret.  Apparently they are one of the most endangered mammals in North America.  AND we were quite surprised to find out there were 2 in the bag and not just one.
I have also been able to incorporate all kinds of fun activities around these animals.  One year, each of my students went through the catalog and chose an endangered animal to do a research project on.  Then they each made an informational text booklet about their animal. 
This year the kids were so excited when I opened the package, they wanted to do something right then, so they each took home a note card and did a little fun fact research about our "new additions" and I am putting them on a ring for a fun fact book:)
They also use them as reading buddies;)

As far as adoptions go, there are several different costs/levels to choose from on the website.
If you decide to adopt with your class, I would love to hear about it!  Leave a comment here or on my FB page:)


  1. I absolutely love love love this! I am a student teacher and will be going into the classroom next year for the first time and I definitely think this is something I am going to do with my students :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. I stumbled upon your post about animal adoption and knew it was just what I was looking for. I teach kinder and we are at the point of writing an opinion paper and I needed a little incentive for my kiddos. This was it!! I introduced them to the idea and we went from 12 animals to 6 and now we are down to 3. My kids are writing and researching in kinder!!!. Thank you so much for the inspiration and for sharing your great ideas. I will let you know which animal is adopted, it is between Arctic Fox, Tiger and Hawksbill Turtle; I had to enlist the help of other teachers to choose the best paper. I am one happy kinder teacher and I have 21 kiddos that are super excited.

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  6. Do you adopt only one animal a year or do one every time you finish a book?


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