|2 days||Level 3|
|Students will understand the following:
- There has been a history of killing elephants in Africa for trade.
- The 1990s saw much debate and legislation about African elephants.
- There are arguments for and against killing elephants for their ivory.
|Students will gain understanding of how species depend on one another and on the environment for survival. They will know that all organisms (including humans) cause changes in the environment where they live;some of these changes are detrimental to themselves or other organisms and others are beneficial.
Definition:A hard, smooth, yellowish-white substance composed primarily of dentin that forms the tusks of an elephant.
Context:At one time, it looked like the price of ivory was going to be extinction of African elephants.
Definition:The categorization of a group according to ability or status.
Context:Sparring between the young males establishes a hierarchy which the animals remember and respect throughout their lives.
Definition:Those who hunt or fish illegally on the property of another or in a forbidden area.
Context:Elephants cannot defend themselves against poachers’ bullets.
Definition:A type of social system in which the mother is the head of the family or social group.
Context:Elephant society is matriarchal.
|Computer with Internet access
|Grade Level Expectations (view gles)|
|Related Links and Resources|
Discovery Channel Online: Operation Dumbo Watch
African Elephant (Loxadonta africana)
Elephants & Ivory
Other Endangered Species
Elephants: the Deciding Decade
African Elephants & Rhinos: Status Survey & Conservation Action Plan