These detailed and comprehensive lesson plans/activities are designed for elementary school teachers with students aged 8 to 11 years. Click here to view a menu selection, or view All elementary lesson plans below for easy download.
Written for US and Canadian curriculums.
Letter to Teachers and Principals
Lesson Plan 1 – Different Lives
Students learn to empathize with elephants while learning the differences between African and Asian elephants and comparing an elephant’s life in the wild versus a captive elephant used for the tourist industry.
Different Lives – African and Asian Elephants
African vs Asian
10 Interesting Facts About Elephants
Lesson Plan 2 – Elephants Matter Too
Students learn to recognize similar characteristics between humans and elephants while identifying emotions that humans and elephants have in common.
Elephants Matter Too
Lesson Plan 3 – Ivory-Free Canada
Students learn to compose letters in support of elephant conservation while recognizing letter writing is an important civic action.
Letters for Life – #IvoryFreeCanada
Letter Writing Checklist
Letter Writing Facts
All About Ivory
Lesson Plan 4 – Are Elephants Colorblind?
Students explore whether or not elephants are colorblind, as they learn how elephants see the world.
Are Elephants Colorblind?
Lesson Plan 5 – Effects of Elephant Poaching – Online Educational Presentation – Ivory Is For Elephants
Ivory Is For Elephants – PPT Presentation
Ivory Is For Elephants – Online Presentation
Additional Elephant Activities
Elephant Coloring Book
Compassion Pledge Sheet
Start Your Own Petition
Project Lesson Plan ideas for Science class-Animal welfare-Global citizen Clubs
Become an Elephant Ambassador for Elephanatics
Get involved in Nature – Join other schools worldwide and share your local flora and fauna! iNaturalist BackyardBio
- BackyardBio is an project run by Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants encouraging the public, and especially classrooms to get out in nature observing and documenting the amazing wildlife near them!
There are three ways to take part:
- Here on INaturalist! Sharing photos from around the world as part of a global dataset/leaderboard of awesome naturalists!
- On Twitter, with #backyardbio and tagging us @ebtsoyp to highlight what you’ve found!
- And through direct classroom connections – register at backyardbio.net and we’ll partner your full classroom with three others from around the world to facilitate direct connections and foster some friendly competition!
Birthday Fundraisers for Elephants
If you are turning 4 or 40 you can donate to help save elephants.
Eva and friends painted for the elephants at her birthday party. The elephant’s trumpet!
Class Fundraisers For Elephants
The Elephanatics Fundraising Kit is specially designed for anyone wanting to have fun and help save elephants! Included in the kit are instructions and resources to help give direction when starting a fundraiser. Take a look a the introductory letter from the kits, or contact us here to get your own free kit.
Student Ambassador, Ella, from Hillcrest Professional Development School in Waco, Texas created this exceptional presentation for her classroom and school competition. She was successful in raising awareness about the African elephant poaching crisis and made her own “Don’t Harm the Elephant Charms” to raise money for our organization. She is Elephanatics’ super Ambassador!
Photographs for Projects
Credit for the 3 photos below – Heather Wall. Permission to use for classroom projects.
Credit for the 3 photos below – Jasper Richer. All taken in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Permission to use for classroom projects.