Different wildlife species generate different emotions in people.
Animals that are not as cute and cuddly can have a hard time getting public support for their conservation and management. As a result, organizations have to get creative to educate people about these animals.
In this lesson, students will select and study a common mammal found in Arizona in order to “give a voice” to the animal. Their final product will be a video narrative modeled after the popular BBC Walk on the Wild Side program.
This lesson was designed to accompany the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Bone Box Resource Trunk. The trunks contain tactile resources including the skulls and pelts of common Arizona mammals. The boxes are free for Arizona educators to check out and use. You should plan to reserve the boxes early, however, because they are popular and may book up.
The lesson is available as a downloadable PDF that includes ideas to extend and modify the lesson for different audiences.