Elephants are one of the most important land mammals on our planet becasue they are a keystone species! They are also one of the most emotional, intelligent, and social animals. However, they are facing a critical population loss from poaching, human-animal conflict, habitat loss, and abuse in tourism.
Elephanatics has created a free, online educational program for teachers titled Elephants: The Need for Their Survival. Students will learn how elephants can help mitigate climate change and boost biodiversity, along with a variety of other educational plans focusing on issues facing the elephant. Below you will find lesson plans for young and intermediate audiences. They are flexible, fun, and include interactive activities to engage students. The lessons are written for both Canadian and US curriculums and deal with both the African and Asian elephant.
See Canadian and US curriculum breakdowns – NGSS for lessons
As well as the lesson plans, we have included videos, books, up-to-date newspaper articles, and other great educational resources.
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We have provided a few short introductory videos that are optional to use in conjunction with the lesson plans below. Please note that some scenes of elephant abuse may upset some viewers.
A Brief History of the Ivory Trade
Gives students a short, basic background on poaching and the ivory trade (8 mins)
One Every Fifteen Minutes – The Plight of the African Elephant
Why African elephants plummeted from 1.3 million in 1979 to 400,000 today (10 mins)
Black Tusk – The Ugly Truth of Elephant Riding
Unethical treatment of elephants in Thailand for the tourism industry (15 mins)
Lessons and activities for a younger audience of 8 – 11 years
Lessons and activities for an intermediate audience of 11 – 14 years
Be An Elephant Ambassador
Become an Ambassador at your school for Elephanatics
Videos, Books and Resources
Visual representations of the ivory trade
Great as gifts or for use in the classroom
Newspaper Articles | Scientific Research
A great resource for school projects and general knowledge
Learn on the go!
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
International Fund for Animal Welfare
US Fish and Wildlife
Traffic- The Wildlife Trade Monitoring System
African Wildlife Foundation
We make presentations to schools and we’re happy to visit yours. We can also present our program of free lesson plans at Professional Development days. Just contact us!
What You Can Do To Help Elephants
Read Elephanatics mention in The Guardian’s detailed article on how anyone can help save elephants from extinction
Sponsoring and Fostering Organizations
Elephanatics supports these organizations ethics and practices
A timeline of information about the ivory trade and elephant populations from 1979 to date, to be used as a resource for homework or general information