Students were encouraged to use their creativity and ingenuity to understand the things that can negatively impact a food chain and were able to show that to their parents in a presentation later.
Students at Freedom Elementary researched what negatively affects food chains and how they can help. They each researched and typed up a specific problem that is directly impacting animals and the food chains.
The students first researched what negatively impacts the food chain. They came up with pollution (car fumes, litter, oil spills), destruction of habitats, extinction, natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, forest fires), over hunting, climate changes and diseases. They each picked one that they wanted to present. They typed up a paper explaining what the problem is and what people could do to help. They then were asked to create some kind of presentation. They brought in items that they wanted to recycle and reuse in their projects. Most students picked to make a display, but two students wrote songs.
As a class, the third graders came up with four ways that they can help save the animals. One way was to pick up litter and recycle, so the students went out after lunch one day and picked up litter all around the school. The second thing they came up with was to adopt an animal that was critically endangered. They picked the Amur Leopard, which is extinct in the wild currently, but there are some still alive in zoos and wild animals parks. The students sent $55 to help this almost-extinct animal to the World Wildlife Foundation. The WWF sent an adoption certificate and a stuffed animal. For their third way, students chose to reuse materials for their projects in order to help save the environment. Lastly, they wrote letters to firefighters thanking them for fighting forest fires and giving them words of encouragement.
After everything was completed, parents were invited in to see all that they had accomplished, including photos of their work, a display that showed the adoption and the letters they had written. They brought in a hedgehog because hedgehogs are also endangered. They showed their projects to their parents and then walked their parents around the room to see the other projects.