Elephant Winkie
Winkie, age: 42
originally from: Burma
kids love elephants

Elephants: Teaching and Learning - Sample Grant

Integrate lessons about the Elephant Sanctuary elephants into different curriculum areas. Visit our pages:
• math facts and more
• habitats, endangered species
• fundraising, letter writing
• related links including frameworks and Elephant telecam
Sample Grant
• read a lighthouse grant based on the Elephant Sanctuary curriculum
• rubric used to evaluate resource links
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Sample Student Activities and Lesson Plans for the project are:

  • Discussion days with class including introduction to endangered species and ongoing readings of Sissy's Diary or the diary of the elephant most recently arrived at the Sanctuary
  • ongoing: discussion and vocabulary related to habitat, environment, endangered species in general and then further discussion of how these terms and concepts apply to endangered Asian Elephants in general and the elephant at the Sanctuary in particular
  • Introduction to Foods Elephants Eat with HyperStudio multimedia stack
  • Creation of a Wall Size chart with descriptive categories for each of the six elephants. Categories such as: where were they born, how long did they live in the wild, what injuries do they have, where did they live before the Sanctuary, why is the Sanctuary a good place for the elephants.
  • Parent/Student Internet homework activities wherein students can share information about the Elephant Sanctuary with parents online at home or a the local library
  • Comparing and contrasting elephants, height, weight, age, favorite foods
  • Related activities such as creating Elephant Spinners for math lesson on probabilities
  • Students use painting software to create original artwork about the elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary
  • Students learn to create their own book pages, including multitasking on the computer (going back and forth between the Internet and ClarisWorks), cutting and pasting elephant photos from the Elephant Sanctuary into ClarisWorks drawing pages
  • Planning for "the look of a book". Students decide on a layout for the book so that their pages will look related
  • Students add their own sentences and ideas to Elephant Biographies pages. Teacher provides fact cards that help facilitate the building of sentences.
  • Students practice presenting to an audience and using the slide show
  • Students learn how elephants are measured (a string thrown over the back), measure their own heights, and reflect on the size and height of an elephant
  • Students and teachers create a life size (two-dimensional) elephant-one of the smaller Asian Elephant is about 8 feet by 12 feet
  • additional lessons are available in PDF format on the Elephant Sanctuary's curriculum page.

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Elephant Sanctuary photos are used with permission of the Elephant Sanctuary website at www.elephants.com
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By Barbara Peskin, 2000-2008.
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