What is World Wildlife Day?
On Saturday 3rd of March, it is World Wildlife Day. This is a global celebration of all the wonderful wild animals and plants found on Earth. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the dangers that threaten the survival of many animals around the world. This is a fantastic time of the year to explore and investigate endangered animals near and far with your students.
We’ve put together a list of printable resources, classroom activities and videos to help you explore World Wildlife Day in your classroom.
Endangered Animals Near and Far
Watch this fantastic video with your students. It goes through what the word ‘endangered’ means and also provides a very clear understanding of why animals around the world are becoming endangered. It also discusses what your students can do in their own backyard to help!
Exploring Endangered Animals
Investigate and explore a variety of animals using our collection of endangered animals posters. These posters highlight their level of endangerment, where they are from, how many are left and why their animal is at risk of becoming extinct.
After choosing an animal to focus on, your students can complete an Animal Fact File about that particular animal. Your students could even brainstorm and create a poster to explain to their class about the risks and impacts humans have on that particular endangered animal’s habitat.
Wildlife Dress Up Day
Have a class dress up day! Students come dressed as their favourite endangered animal. A fantastic way for students to really get into the spirit of learning about endangered animals and what their school community can do to help save these special animals.
World Wildlife Day 2018 Theme
Each year, the UN create a theme for World Wildlife Day. This year’s theme is Big cats: Predators under threat.
Watch the video below with your students to learn more about animals that fall under the category of ‘Big Cats’ and why they are under threat.
Create an animal fact file about one of the animals that fall under the ‘Big Cat’ animal category, use our tiger colouring in sheet or get your students to create a mask using our FREE download tiger face mask template.
Make Your Pledge
Your students can become Wildlife Heros, after researching and discussing as a class how and why certain animals are becoming instinct around the world!
Students complete the Wildlife Hero Pledge Worksheet with their pledge of what they are going to do to try and combat habitat destruction and help endangered animals.