World Wildlife Day is celebrated each year on March 3. 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. Therefore, it is a fantastic time to explore and investigate endangered animals near and far with your students. So, we’ve put together a list of printable resources, classroom activities and videos to help you explore World Wildlife Day in your classroom.
Fun World Wildlife Day Activities for the Classroom
Endangered Animals Near and Far
This is a fantastic video to watch with your students as it goes through what the word ‘endangered’ means. Also, it provides a very clear understanding of why animals around the world are becoming endangered.
Best of all, it discusses what your students can do in their own backyard to help!
Exploring Endangered Animals for Kids
Utilise our huge collection of endangered animals posters with your students and explore these beautiful animals.
These posters highlight:
- their level of endangerment
- where they are from
- how many are left
- why each 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 2020 Theme
Each year, the UN create a theme for World Wildlife Day. This year’s theme is “Sustaining all life on Earth”, encompassing all wild animal and plant species as key components of the world’s biodiversity.
Watch the video below that discusses the theme for this year. As a class brainstorm what they can do to help look after the planet.
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.
More World Wildlife Day Resources
Forty-two endangered species related vocabulary cards for a word wall.
Thirty-two Saving Planet Earth vocabulary cards.
An environmental pledge and student licence to promote and celebrate sustainability.
A picture of a tiger for students to colour in.
A picture of a panda for students to colour in.
A picture of an orangutan for students to colour in.
An animal fact file for students to complete when learning about a variety of animals.
Group your students according to endangered animals using these eleven Grouping Posters.