Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Endangered Species Day highlights the ways we can help protect threatened and endangered species.
  • Scientists have used NASA satellites to help protect Jaguars in South America.
  • A Sumatran orangutan has used chewed plant paste with healing properties to treat a wound.

Curriculum keywords

  • endangered species day
  • deforestation
  • orangutans

This Week's Kahoot Quiz

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Spark a discussion

Endangered Species Day

  • On what day of the week is Endangered Species Day?
  • How many different species of plants are there on Earth?
  • What endangered animals can you think of?


  • On which continent is Gran Chaco?
  • What animal are the scientists hoping to protect?
  • What are some of the causes of deforestation?


  • What is the name of the orangutan?
  • What type of plant did he use to make the paste?
  • What other similar behaviours do orangutans and humans share?

Classroom Resources

Use these resources to get the most out of the news update and engage your class in topical science!

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