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Expository Writing


K, 1st, 2nd


Science, English Language Arts


30 minutes

Regional Focus



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Conservation Plan Research and Writing

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May 3, 2024
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In this activity, students will research and write about a threatened species from their area. This activity encourages students to consider how to help a species that may be threatened due to climate change, which is an entry point into a discussion about how our actions may be harmful or helpful to other living things.

Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teaching Tips
  • Introduce the vocabulary term, conservation. Then, research species in your area whose habitat or survival is threatened by human activity.
  • Students use the template to make a Conservation Plan for an animal of choice, using the research done as a class. There are multiple levels provided to meet the different needs of students.
  • As you discuss threats to living things, check in with students to see how they feeling and encourage them to share their feelings with the class.
Scientist Notes

The exercise demonstrates how students can create a plan for the conservation of endangered animals within their natural habitats. It emphasizes how out of balance humanity is with the natural world and how vital it is to save species from extinction. This activity was scientifically vetted, making it appropriate for use in the classroom.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standards

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of climate change and humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.IW.K.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts to convey ideas.
      • W.IW.1.2 With prompts and support, write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information.
      • W.WR.1.5 With prompting and support, generate questions through shared research about a topic and determine possible sources to obtain information on that topic.
      • W.IW.2.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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