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Extinction! Safari

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Animals

Climate & Environment

Science

Explore a rollercoaster around the most charismatic extinct species, investigate the causes and what we can do to stop the biodiversity crisis.

avatar Submitted By: Minecraft Education

September 16, 2019

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Minecraft World File

Download the world and open with Minecraft: Education Edition. You'll find this resource in your Templates, under Create New.

Wild Classroom - Biodiversity Toolkit

The activities in the biodiversity toolkit provide students with an understanding of the importance of nature and how all living things are connected.

Prof. Andy’s Extinction! Safari Challenge Video

Lesson introduction by Professor Andy Purvis.

Supporting Files

Teacher Guide


This guide will assist you with information on all of the extinct species featured in the lesson.

Learning Objectives

  • NGSS: MS-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem
  • Students learn about species extinction and loss of biodiversity
  • Students develop an understanding of past and current causes of extinction
  • Students understand we are experiencing an increased extinction rate and ‘a biodiversity crisis’

Guiding Ideas

This project was developed in partnership with World Wildlife Fund. Explore an exciting new Minecraft world created by Naturebytes as well as three new lessons designed to help you teach about biodiversity and its importance to our planet's past and future.

Introductory questions:

  • How does a species become extinct?
  • What are the major influences on species extinction?
  • What are the characteristics of species that have gone extinct?
  • How does the current rate of extinction compare to the past?
  • What can we learn from past extinction and how does this relate to our world now and in the future?

Student Activities

Introduction (as a class) (1 min)

Introduce students to the lesson with the following: ‘Welcome to the Extinction! Safari - a rollercoaster through extinction history. You are now about to witness some of the most charismatic species that have lived alongside humans but are no longer roaming the Earth. It was recently revealed that the Earth is experiencing a ‘biodiversity crisis’ - speak to biodiversity expert Prof. Andy to find out your challenge and start your adventure.’

Minecraft Extinction Safari (explore as individuals or as a class) (35 mins)

Ask students to meet Prof. Andy, add a minecart to their inventory and jump on to the minecart on the track. They can take their own individual journey on their own time or you can lead them and discuss each species at the individual platforms.

Note: if students fall off the rollercoaster they can climb up platform ladders.

Ask students to study each of the extinct species, exploring the displays and speaking to the scientists at each species. Students should take notes on what they learn and observe at each of the species. Students can use the in-game minecraft ‘camera,’ ‘portfolio,’ and ‘book & quill’ to record the information, making sure to include the following aspects of each species:

  • Their key physical features
  • When they went extinct
  • The reasons why they think they went extinct
  • Are they similar to any species alive today and if so how?
  • Are the risks experienced by animals today similar to this species and have they changed?
  • Once students have taken notes and photos, ask them to move on to the next species.

The  ‘Extinction! Rollercoaster Safari Teacher Guide’ (found in Supporting Files) will assist you with information on all of the extinct species featured.

In-class exercise and discussion (15 mins)

Once students have reached the end of the rollercoaster, ask them to review their notes and discuss:

  • What kind of species have gone extinct and what are the common themes?
  • What can we learn from past extinctions and is species extinction still an issue today?
  • How might extinction and the biodiversity crisis affect you personally?

Ask the students to think about who is responsible for the extinction and who and how should do something about it? How can you reduce your impact on the biodiversity crisis? (e.g., be greener, more sustainable).

 

Performance Expectations

This lesson will enable students to:

  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm for understanding wildlife and biodiversity
  • Have attention to detail when observing behavioral and physical aspects of species
  • Attention to detail when using a blend of information sources: text, video, infographics.
  • Interact with NPC’s and external sources of information
  • Display a sense of empathy for extinct species

® ‘WWF’ and ‘World Wildlife Fund’ are WWF Registered Trademarks. © 1986 Panda Symbol WWF.

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Minecraft World File

Download the world and open with Minecraft: Education Edition. You'll find this resource in your Templates, under Create New.

Wild Classroom - Biodiversity Toolkit

The activities in the biodiversity toolkit provide students with an understanding of the importance of nature and how all living things are connected.

Prof. Andy’s Extinction! Safari Challenge Video

Lesson introduction by Professor Andy Purvis.

Supporting Files

Teacher Guide


This guide will assist you with information on all of the extinct species featured in the lesson.

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