Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Engaging Students in Conservation: Protecting the Endangered Snow Leopard

Available Now: Service Learning Unit on Conservation and Snow Leopards


Facing the Future, in collaboration with the Snow Leopard Trust, has just released Engaging Students in Conservation: Protecting the Endangered Snow Leopard, an interdisciplinary 1-2 week unit that includes five dynamic lessons and culminates with a service learning project. The unit is designed for 5-8th grade students in science and social studies. Though the lessons are designed as a comprehensive unit, each lesson can stand alone.


This unit, valued at $14.95, is available for FREE download at http://www.facingthefuture.org/Home/CurriculumDetails/tabid/131/Default.aspx?ItemID=ESC.


Engaging Students in Conservation: Protecting the Endangered Snow Leopard includes:

  • Five hands-on lessons
  • An introduction to snow leopards and their ecosystem
  • An exploration of the human-wildlife conflicts that exist where people and snow leopards overlap
  • Opportunities to develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and global perspective
  • An examination of community-based conservation
  • A service learning project related to the protection of snow leopards in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan


These lessons were developed and piloted by teachers and conservation experts including the Snow Leopard Trust, the world's leading authority on the study and protection of the endangered snow leopard.


"The students were actively engaged in all of the lessons presented and really took on the roles and emotions of the activities."          

 –Science Teacher


"I used different parts of each lesson with each class' ability. The many choices of activities allows for differentiation over a large expanse of abilities."

–Science Teacher


To download this unit today, visit www.facingthefuture.org


Facing the Future is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and motivating today's students to be responsible stewards of tomorrow's world. We develop and deliver standards-based hands-on lessons, student textbooks, curriculum units and professional development opportunities for educators that promote critical thinking on global issues, sustainability and positive solutions. Facing the Future curriculum is in use in all 50 U.S. states and over 85 countries by teachers and students in grades K-12, in undergraduate and graduate classes, and across multiple subject areas. For more information, visit www.facingthefuture.org.


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