Five Reasons to Save Big Cats – According to Kids

Posted on December 9, 2015

National Geographic offers great resources for the classroom. Here is a recent example from their Weekly Warmup.

While you are taking a look, why not check out our National Geographic Virtual Library and let us know how you use it in the classroom.

Happy Big Cat Week!

This year, instead of telling your students why big cats are important, why not let them tell you?

Several years ago, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, renowned wildlife filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, started a program called “Letters to Lions” asking children to write letters explaining what lions mean to them.  The letters were delivered to African leaders in charge of policy decisions about conservation. I chose the top five reasons that the children gave to save the lions.

Lions should be saved because:

1) “They are Just like us. We live in families and they live in prides.” (Jaiden E.)

Great point, Jaiden. Humans have the goal of survival just as lions do.
The primary difference between humans and lions is that humans have the
ability to make far-reaching decisions that impact all sorts of animals,
lions included. Lions can merely react when they are unable to find
food or when something threatens their territory, so it is our
responsibility to make good decisions to ensure that lions and all the
other species in the wild will survive and flourish.

  • Learn all about lions with our collection of resources—from videos to activities to maps.

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A Holiday Present for Our Planet, From Your Class

Posted on December 8, 2015 SANTA IS COMING! As this holiday approaches, why not task your students with creating a present for the planet Earth? Some possible approaches: A critically endangered white rhino just died, leaving only THREE left on our planet. This is alarming! Grab Science In Context and search “Endangered Species” to discover … Read more…