- Ask the pupils to write the name of an animal in their notebooks. Then ask one pupil to spell out his/her animal. Encourage the class to call out the animal, eg Pupil: L-I-O-N. Class: Lion! Invite some more pupils to spell out their animals. Once the class has called out a few animals, encourage them to order the animals from the smallest to the biggest (help them by writing the animals on the board), eg goldfish, mouse, snake, rabbit, dog, lion, giraffe (biggest). Encourage the pupils to discuss their answers using I think ___ are bigger than ___, eg I think mice are bigger than goldfish.
Completing Spain: Endangered species Worksheet
- Draw a map of Spain on the board. Encourage the pupils to help you label the map with the seas, some mountain ranges, some rivers and some cities. Write big animals and small animals on the board and encourage the pupils to name some big animals and some small animals that live in Spain. Write their answers on the board, eg Big animals: cows, bears, deer, goats. Small animals: rabbits, snakes, lizards, mice. Ask: Which are wild animals? Explain that wild animals don’t live near people. Wild animals usually live in mountains, forests, rivers, seas or national parks, eg bears, wolves, lizards. Explain that some animals can be wild or live on farms with people, eg goats, rabbits.
- Show the pupils pictures of an animal that is in danger of extinction (eg lynx) and an animal that is not in danger of extinction (eg rabbit). Ask the pupils How many rabbits are there in Spain? Lots! Thousands! There are rabbits in many forests, fields and national parks. How many lynxes are there in Spain? Very few, maybe 100-150. Lynxes are in danger of extinction because there are very few of them. Ask the pupils if they know of any other wild animals in Spain that are in danger of extinction.
- Read the information in Activity 1 with the class. Ask the pupils to complete the sentences in small groups. Pupils then write the names of the animals under the pictures. Highlight the main reasons why these animals are in danger of extinction: pollution, destruction of their natural habitats and hunting. Explain that it’s very important to look after the environment so that these animals can survive.
Answers: 1-meat; 2-plants; 3-fur; 4-run; 5-trees; 6-sheep; 7-live; 8-south;9-pollution; a-black stork; b-brown bear; c-wolf; d-black vulture
- Show the class a picture of a lynx or write lynx on the board. Write some sentences on the board and encourage the pupils to discuss whether they are true or false, eg Lynxes are bigger than leopards. (F) They usually hunt during the day. (F) They have got big ears. (T) They hunt rabbits. (T). They are not in danger of extinction. (F). Elicit answers from the class.
- Ask the pupils to find the eight words in the word snake in Activity 2 and write them in the first table. Read the text with the class and encourage the pupils to call out the missing words. Once you have completed the activity orally, ask the pupils to write the words in the text.
- Ask the pupils to underline the most important words in the text, eg south, nocturnal, thirteen years, sharp claws. Elicit feedback and write the pupils’ suggestions on the board. Then encourage the pupils to make sentences using the words on the board, eg South: Lynxes live in the south of Spain. Nocturnal: Lynxes are nocturnal animals. Thirteen years: Lynxes live for about thirteen years. Sharp claws: Lynxes have got sharp claws. Encourage the pupils to work in small groups, taking turns to say something about lynxes using one of the words on the board.
- Pupils complete the second table in Activity 2.
Answers: 1-forests; 2-night; 3-years; 4-teeth; 5-carnivores; 6-mice; 7-excellent; 8-people
Write Save the animals! on the board. Arrange the pupils in small groups to do a project. Give each group some pictures of endangered species in Spain. Encourage the groups to write some sentences about the animals and ideas to save them. Encourage the pupils to present their project to the class. Do a model on the board, eg This is a black vulture. It lives in the south of Spain. Black vultures are in danger of extinction. To save the black vulture people shouldn’t throw litter in the country. People shouldn’t use poison to kill animals. People shouldn’t hunt them. People shouldn’t take their eggs.