In Tennessee, there are over 100 species of threatened or endangered plants and animals listed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. In this activity, students will research and discuss perspectives about anthropogenic causes of species extinction and develop arguments articulating their claims of whether humans should, or should not, intervene to protect vulnerable species.
Interdisciplinary with ELA.
This lesson was originally written for 8th grade. With modification, it could work for environmental science standards on endangered species.