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Loss of Species and Habitat


Loss of Species and Habitat

LT focus: To begin to understand the interdependence of the relationship between human beings and nature and how this contributes to the delicate balance of life on earth.


Recent newspaper headline (below)  placed on the board.

Think Pair Share:

How does this make you feel? List emotions on the board

Why do you think this is happening? List possible reasons on the board.


What animals do you think are in danger of becoming extinct? (Nice images of top 10 animals most in danger)

How do you think these animals feel?

Teacher informs children they’re now going to hear how one of these particular animals is feeling.

Chn shown Rang-tan: the story of dirty palm oil. (Link below)

What animal did we see in the clip?

Why was the orangutan in danger?

How was it feeling?


Children to write in role as the orangutan. They will write an open letter to the people of earth pleading with them to stop cutting down their homes for palm oil.

Children will then use app Chatterpix Kids to perform their letter as an orangutan. (Integrated as part of Oral Language Literacy for the week).


Each table will be given a different picture of animal on the list of animals in danger of becoming extinct.

As a group they must come up with a role play of what they imagine their animal is going through similar to that of Orang a tan in the video.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds. The Guardian Rang-tan: the story of the dirty