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This is a part of a project I did for the Girl Scouts of Utah as part of my Service Learning Scholar program (capstone).
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  • 1. MovieNightActivity Theobjectiveofthisactivityistwofold:Learnabout endangeredandthreatenedspecieswhilehavingfun withyourfriendsand/orfamily. Themoviehastobefocusedonwildlifeandonethatyouhavenotyetwatched.Whenthemovieisover,talkaboutitwithyourfriendsorfamily.Whatdidyoulikebest?Whichdidyoulikeleast?Wasthereanythingthatsurprisedyou?Doyouthinkthefilmshowedanimalsthewaytheyreallyact?Whyorwhynot?Justsoyouknow:Thefilmcanbeananimatedoneifyouwanttowatchone.Itwouldbebesttowatchonethatisaboutendangeredorthreatenedspeciessincethatiswhatthisbadgechallengeisallabout.
  • 2. OwlPelletActivityObjective:OneofourP.E.T.S.istheMexicanSpottedOwl.Thisactivitywillhelpyoulearnaboutowlsingeneralincludingwhattheyeat.Theactivityprovidesahandsonexperiencetotheyoungbiologistandisafunwaytolearnaboutowls.Whatyouneedtocompletetocompletethisactivity:Youwillneed1NatureWatchOwlpelletStarterkitwhichincludeseverythingyouneedtocompletetheactivity.Toorderoneonline,gotowww.naturewatch.com.Thecostofthisiscurrently$19.95.Ordertheowlpelletactivitykit(product#400).Thingstothinkaboutandtalktoyourfriendsand/orfamilyaboutwhileexploringyourowlpellet: Howmanytypesofbonesdidyoufind? Whatkindsofpreydoowlseat? Whatwasthelargestanimalbonethatyoufound?Thesmallest? Didyoufindanythingsurprising?Ifso,what? Whatwasthemostinterestingpartoftheactivity?
  • 3. GeographyActivity Objective:Tolearnaboutwildlifehabitatsandknowwhattypesofspeciesliveineachtypeofhabitats.Directions: Colorallthemap(seeTemplatesinbackofhandbook)habitatandspeciesnamelabels. Cutoutthehabitatandspeciesnameslabels. Placeallthelabelsinthecorrectplacesonthemap.Whenyouaresurethathavethem correct,checktheanswerkeytomakesuretheyareright.Onceyouhavethemplacedon themapcorrectly,gluethemonthemap. Showthistoyourtroopleadertogetcreditforthisactivity.Habitats(Utah): 1. Polar/arctic areas 2. Mountains 3. Oceans 4. Deserts 5. Savannah/grasslands/prairies 6. Tropical rainforest 7. Woodland/forest 8. Tundra 9. Taiga 10. Wetland areas/marshes 11. Pond 12. Rivers/lakes 13. Coral reef 14. Deciduous forest 15. Tide pool 16. Cave ListofP.E.T.S.(Utah) ListofHabitatsfoundinstate(Utah)**Rememberthatsomespeciesliveinmorethanonehabitat.Placethemintheoneidentifiedintheanswerkey.**
  • 4. P.E.T.S.PlayActivity Ifwildlifecouldtalk,whatdoyouthinkthey wouldsay?Thisactivitywillhelpthewholetroop getinvolvedandlearnaboutourendangeredand threatenedspecies. AlltheinformationthatisneededtoperformthisplaycanbefoundinAppendixBofthehandbook. ListofP.E.T.Sthathavespeakingpartsarehandpuppetsthatthetroop maketogether. Dialogueandsongarefoundintheappendixaswell,butyoucanchange itaroundtoaccommodateyourtroopsincenoonehasthesameamount ofscoutsintheirtroops. Thisplayisonlyabout15minutesinlength. Eachtroopwillhavetobecreativeandmakeuptheirownpropsneeded fortheirownplay.Asalways,havefunandlearnaboutP.E.T.S!
  • 5. Zoo/NationalParkVisitActivity Thisactivityisafunwaytolearnaboutwildlifeinanatural environment.Youwillneedtobeabletogointoazooora nationalparksuchasYellowstoneNationalParkto completethisactivity.Byobservingwildlifefirsthand,you canhaveauniqueexperiencethatwillgiveyouabetter understandingofnatureandwhyitissoimportantto protectthewildlifethatshareourplanetwithus! PeregrineFalcon GoodLuckandHaveFun! BeforeyouheadouttothezooorgowithyourfamilytotheNationalPark, makesureyouhavethefollowingitems: NotebookorJournaltowritedownobservationsofwhatyousaw duringyourvisit. Pencilsorpens(ofcourse!) Crayons,colorpencils,orpaintstodrawthedifferentanimalsthatyou see. Camera(optional)totakepicturestoputinyourjournal. Reminder:Thewholepointofthisactivityistogetyoutoreallyfindoutas muchasyoucanabouthowasmanyspeciesasyoucanfind,butreflecton whatimpacthumanshaveonwildlifeaswell.
  • 6. PublicServiceAnnouncement(PSA) Apublicserviceannouncementisawaytoraiseawarenessaboutatopicthatyoufeelstronglyaboutandwantotherstoknowmoreaboutthatsubject.ThereareseveralwaystocreateaPSAlikemakingaposter,writingasongaboutitandsingingit,orevenmakingavideothatyoucanlaunchonYouTube.Forthisactivity,youmustcreateanoriginalPSAaboutP.E.T.S.andpresentitinawaythatallowsotherstolearnaboutthemandwhyitissoimportanttoprotectthemfromgoingextinct.Isthereaparticularspeciesthatyoulike?Youcanfocusonjustonespeciesormultiplespecies.Afteryouhavefinished,youwillneedtoshareitwithothersandtellwhyyoumadethePSAandwhyitisimportanttoyoutoteachothersaboutendangeredandthreatenedspecieslivinginyourstate.IfyouhavenevercreatedaPSA,checkouttheInternetforsuggestionsofhowtomakeoneandifyouplantomakeavideotolaunchonYouTube,youwillneedtohaveanadulthelpyouandmakesureyourvideoiswithintheguidelinestheyhavefortheirsite.
  • 7. HealthandCareActivity Objective:Tolearnhowwildlifespecialistscareforendangeredandthreatenedspeciesthatliveincaptivity.Directions:Youmustimagineyourselfasanewtraineeatawildlifesanctuaryorrefugeeforendangeredwildlife.Aspartofyourtraining,youareassignedtoonespecies(youchose!)andwillberesponsibleforitsoverallcareandifitgetssick,youwillhavetotakecareofituntilitgetsbetter.Tocompletethisactivity,youmustuseeitherthelibraryorInternettolearnallaboutthespeciesandwhatatypicalsanctuary/refugeewoulddotocareforthatspecies.Belowaresomeguidelinestohelpyouwiththisactivity.Onceyouhavecompletedthisactivity,youcanpresenttheinformationtoyourfamily,trooporbothinwhateverwayyouwouldlikesuchasreadinganessayyouhavewritten,acollageyouhavemadeoranyothermediayouwishtopresentit.Guidelines: Describeyourchosenspecies Whattypeofdietdoesyourspecieshave? Whataresomereasonsthatyourspecieswouldbeincaptivity? Whattypesofdiseasesdoesyourspeciestypicallyhave?Whatwouldacaregiverdoto makethespeciesfeelbetter?(Describeoneortwospecificscenarios? Whatwouldbetheexpectedlifespanofaspeciesincaptivitycomparedtothesame speciesinthewild? IfyoufindanactualsanctuaryforyourspecificspecieswhilesearchingtheInternet,what didyoufindoutaboutit?Didyoucontactthem?Ifso,whatinformationdidtheygiveyou thatsurpriseyou?
  • 8. P.E.T.S.BingoGameThisactivityputsatwistonthetraditionalBingogamethatyouhaveprobablyplayedwithfamilyandfriends.ThecardshaveimagesofsomeofthemanyP.E.T.S.Whenthecallerreadsoneofthedescriptioncards,youhavetoguesswhatspecieshe/sheisdescribingtoyou.Ifyouthinkyouknowthespeciesthenplaceamarkerontheboxthathasthatspecies.Afteryouhavefivemarkersdiagonal,lefttoright,ortoptobottom,yellBingo!toseeifyouguesstheallthespeciescorrectly!BingoPlayingCardsandDescriptionCardscanbefoundinAppendixB
  • 9. Science(Habitat)Activity Objective:Learnaboutendangered/threatenedspecies;raiseawarenessofwildlifeandhowhumaninteractionsand/orglobalwarmingaffectwildlife.Whatyouneedtodotocompletethisactivity:Pickaspeciesfromthelistintheappendixandanswerthefollowingquestionsaboutthespecies.Youcandothisinanessayorifyouwanttobemorecreativeyoucanmakeaposter/collageofyouselectedspeciesaslongasallofthefollowingquestionsareansweredaboutthatspecies.Questions: NameofSpecies Anatomy/Appearance(Example:height,weight,colors,featherorfur?) Locomotion(Howdoesyourspeciesmove?) Diet(Whatdoesyourspecieseat?) Habitat/Range(Wheredoesyourspecieslive?Describeit.) Adoptions(Howhasyourspecieschangeovertimetoliveandsurvive?) LifeCycle/Reproduction(Howlongdoesyourspecieslive?Whendotheyhaveoffspring?) Behavior:Defense/Offense(Whatdoesyourspeciesdowhenthreatened?Whenthey attackprey/enemies?) Enemies(Whodoesyourspeciesnotgetalongwithorfightwithforfood/territory?) SomethingSpecial(Whatmakesyourspeciesunique?) Classification(Example:[email protected])Whenyoufinishyouressayorposter/collage,giveittoyourtroopleadersoyoucangetcreditforthisactivity.
  • 10. FoodChainActivity Objectives:LearnwheretheP.E.T.Sthatlivein ourstateliveandabouttheirpositioninnatures foodchains. Whatyouwillneedtocompletethisactivity: Forthisactivity,youmustchooseoneormoreof theecosystemslistedbelowandputallofthe P.E.T.S.thatarelistedintheindexintheircorrect ecosystemandinthecorrectpositioninthefood chain.YoumustincludeallthespeciesthatareinthatecosystemincludingthosethatareincludedontheP.E.T.S.list.Belowaresometipsthatwillhelpyoutofinishthisactivity,butyoumayuseotherresourcestohelpyouaswell.Doyouthinkyoucanputafoodchaintogether?Youeatfoodtogetenergy.Thisenergyhelpsyoutogrow,jump,run,andplay.Peopleeatlotsofdifferenttypesofmeat,fish,fruitsandvegetables.Peoplearecalledomnivores.Allanimalsgetenergyfromfood.Someanimalsonlyeatmeat.Theseanimalsarecalledcarnivores.Someanimalsonlyeatplants.Thesetypesofanimalsarecalledherbivores.Plantsgettheirenergytogrowfromthesun,waterandsoil.Theorderthatanimalsfeedonotherplantsandanimalsiscalledafoodchain.Therearesixdifferenttypesofecosystems:pond,meadow,forest,desertsavanna,northern/arctic,andofcourse,thewholeEarth.
  • 11. Message in a Puzzle ActivityLearningObjectives:Writing,Creativity Whatyouwillneedforthisactivity: Constructionpaper Crayonsand/ormarkers Posterboardorcardboard Glue,Scissors EnvelopeStepstoCompletethisActivity: 1. Selectapatterntocopyfromtheattachedpatternpages. 2. Cutouttheshapeofthespecies. 3. Placeonasheetofconstructionpaperandtracetheoutlineofthespecies. 4. Decoratetheanimalanywayyouwantto(eyes,nose,mouth,etc.) 5. Cuttheshapeintopuzzlepieces(smallerifyouwantittobeharder,largerifyouwantto makeiteasiertoputtogether). 6. Writeshortletterandputintotheenvelopealongwiththepuzzle. 7. Giveittoafriendorparenttosolvethepuzzle. 8. Oncetheyhaveputittogether,theycanreadtheletteryouwroteaboutthespeciestotell themaboutthatspecies.Enclosed: EnvelopePattern&Directions(AppendixA)Choosefromtwoenvelopepatternsandyou mayhavetoenlargeenvelopeoftemplatesopuzzleandletterfitinside. SpeciesPatternstoselectfromforthisactivity o DesertTortoise o BaldEagle o PeregrineFalcon o UtahPrairieDog o MexicanSpottedOwl o GrizzlyBear o BlackFootedFerret o GrayWolf
  • 12. Chocolate Desert TortoisesLearning Objectives: Organizational, follow directions, learn about an endangered species.Ingredients: 1 pkg. (18 oz ) refrigerated sugar cookies dough 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 TB. Powdered sugar tsp. Vanilla 30 caramels, unwrapped cup (3 oz) semisweet chocolate chips Silver decors (dragees)Directions:[1] Preheat oven @ 350 degrees F. Grease mini ( 1 ) muffin pan cups. Remove doughfrom wrapper; place in large bowl. Let dough stand at room temperature about 15 minutes.[2] Add cocoa; powdered sugar and vanilla to dough; beat at medium speed of electric mixeruntil well blended.[3] Shape dough into 30 balls; press onto bottoms and up sides of muffin cups. Bake 10minutes. Press 1 caramel into each chocolate cup. Return to oven 2 to 3 minutes or untilcaramels are soft. Working quickly, press 5 pecans into caramels for legs and head. Let coolin pan 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack; cool completely.[4] Place wire rack over waxed paper. Place chocolate chips in small microwavable bowl.Microwave at HIGH 1 to 1 minutes. Stir after first minute and then at 30 second intervalsafter first minute until chips are melted and smooth. Attach 2 silver decors (dragees) to headwith chocolate for eyes. Drizzle remaining chocolate over tops of tortoises as desired. Letstand until chocolate is completely set.** Makes 2 dozen cookies**

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