Animals From Around the World

 

Did you know that there are about 9,900 different kinds of birds? Did you know that about 1,200 of those kinds of birds are in danger of extinction? That’s about 12% of all birds. What does extinct mean?

What does species mean? Let’s find out.

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary

 

species

extinct

endangered

threatened

bison (buffalo)

(bald) eagle

mountain lion / cougar/ puma

deer

alligator / predator

jaguar

polar bear

beaver

cheetah

giraffe

zebra

humpback whale

(frilled) lizard

koala (bear)

killer whale

penguin

parrot

squirrel monkey

musk ox

 

hunted / skins / fur/ coat

contamination / toxic chemicals

pollution

population

rainforest

nature preserve

food supply

 

Activity 1 – Endangered Animals Around the World

Practice:

              

What is it?

Where does it live?  

 

What does it eat?

What about young ones?

How big is it?

Why is it in danger?

         

Log on to: http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/map.html

Click on the link “Killer Whale” under North America.

Practice:

What is it?

It’s a killer whale. It's an Orca.

 

Where does it live?

It lives in all the oceans of the world. It is most common in the Artic and Antarctic oceans.

 

What does it eat?

The Orca eats fish, squid, birds and marine mammals. 

 

What about young ones?

Babies are almost 400 lbs. They are 7 feet long and stay with their mothers for two years.

 

How big is it?

Orcas can grow over 20 feet in length.

 

Why is it in danger?

Pollution in the Earth’s oceans may be the cause of their population’s slow recovery.

Pair Work or Small Group Work. Your teacher will assign a continent to you and you partner(s). Click on the link for your continent. Choose two of the animals icons below the map. Now work with your partner(s) and answer the questions above about the endangered animals. Make sure to use your dictionary computer to look up any words you do not know. Ask your teacher for help if you need to.

When you are finished, tell the rest of the class about your animals.

Have a class discussion. Did you know the names of any of these animals? Have you seen their pictures before? Which one was your favorite? Why? Why are these animals are all endangered?

 

Activity 2 – Learning about Animal Sounds on a Sound Safari.

Humans make a lot of different sounds. So do animals. Have you ever wondered what sound a Northern Puffer fish makes? How about an Emperor Penguin? Let’s find out.

Look at the words below.

Animal

The kind of sound it makes…

Canada Goose

Walrus

Western Rattlesnake

Alligators and Crocodiles

Northern Puffer

Capuchinbird

Macaw

Mountain Gorilla

Columbus Monkey

Zebra

Ring-tailed Lemur

Orangutan

Emperor Penguin

Weddell Seal

honking

clacking / gonging

rattling

roaring / rumbling

humming

 

chattering / squealing / whistling

grunting, chest beating

roaring

barking

yodeling / shrieking

 

 

 

 

Practice:

 

What is this animal? It’s a Canadian Goose.

 

Where does it live? It lives in Alaska. (North America)

 

What sound does it make? It makes a honking sound.

 

 

Log on to: http://www.wildsanctuary.com/safari.html

 

Listen while your teacher plays and animal sound. Can you guess which animal it is? Where does it live? What sound does it make? Click on the numbers to see pictures of the all the animals.

 

Which animal sound is the funniest? Which is the scariest?

 

 

If you are interested in other endangered animals visit Kids Planet.

 

http://www.kidsplanet.org/