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Elizabeth Hilfrank


6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, History, English Language Arts

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  • Articles and Websites

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North America, United States

Endangered Species Act

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  • This article details the history and impacts of the Endangered Species Act, which protects the habitat of species in the United States that are near extinction.
  • Students will learn about how the act came to be, what other legislation came before, how species are identified, and how the protections can help endangered species survive. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource includes a thorough explanation of the history behind the Endangered Species Act for students. 
  • The images and related information are engaging and helpful for visual learners.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some background knowledge of what a species is and what it means to go extinct. 


  • This article would work as a resource in a science class discussing ecosystem conservation, habitats, or species.
  • Social studies classes could use this resource when working on U.S. history or important environmental legislation.
  • Language arts classes could use this resource when practicing non-fiction reading skills.
  • This article would be a great introductory activity as a whole class read-aloud and discussion starter. Afterward, have students explore the Endangered Species List and choose one animal to research and create a presentation about. Students can present their findings to their peers.
Scientist Notes
This brief article describes the history of the Endangered Species Act and the impact it has contributed to accelerating conservation efforts. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
    • LS2: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Within Ecosystems
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6.2 Summarize texts, from a variety of genres, to determine a theme or central idea and how it is developed by key supporting details over the course of a text. (RI &RL)
      • R.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including figurative and connotative meanings. Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning, tone, and mood, including words with multiple meanings within a text. (RI&RL)
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