Lesson Plan

The Plight of the African Elephant

Raising Awareness About the Horrors of Poaching and Fostering Orphaned Elephants
Kathleen K.
Teaching assistant
Nauset Regional Middle School
Orleans, MA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
Objectives

Students will be able to list ways in which elephants are orphaned.
Students will be able to make connections between the scene in "The Giver" and elephants.
Students will be able to infer why the author chose to use an elephant as a comfort object in the story.
Students will be able to state ways to help the elephants.
Students will be able to create posters to encourage fund-raising to donate to the cause.
Students will be able to create digital representations to raise awareness about the plight of the elephants.
Students will be able to collaborate on different elephant related projects in our school's Trunks & Turtles afterschool club. Students will be able to collect items to send to Kenya to help The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Students will be able to make inferences about the poaching scene in the story.
Students will be able to discuss why the author chose an elephant as Lily's comfort object.

Students will be able to create digital posters about elephant fostering.
Students will be able to create digital posters about poaching.
Students will be able to collaborate by interviewing others about what they know about elephants using iPads.

Students will be able to answer questions about elephants and about "The Giver" on iPads using the Socrative app.
Students will be able to create printable projects to raise awareness of poaching for the 8th grade bulletin board.
Students will be able to create visual representations to display during fund-raisers such car washes and craft fairs.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Health & Wellness
Grades 8
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Student Notes

1 Direct Instruction

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After a quick question and answer session based on Chapter 13 of "The Giver," students will watch a movie about fostering orphaned elephants.

The following is a link to the draft video: http://youtu.be/TSk2IcxtcS4

2 Hook

Activity: Conversing

After a quick review of Chapter 13 in "The Giver," the students will watch a movie.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Investigating

Students will be given 2-column notes. After doing the first few similarities as a class, students will then be asked to fill in the chart comparing themes from the book to elephants.

4 Independent Practice

Students will use the iPads to create digital posters, conduct interviews, and make iMovies about the elephants.

5 Assessment and Wrap Up

Students will given a Socrative quiz about the book and about elephants. Students will be able to create posters and projects about elephant fostering and poaching.