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English Project

As a small group you are to collaborate to research, develop and publish a creative project demonstrating a new and worthwhile idea that can be presented to the class, published as a newspaper article for Paw Prints and/or the Clinton County News and on the Internet and includes a multimedia component. An expert in the area must be consulted by mail (business letter) or email (proper form) for information on the topic. Topics must be approved by the teacher. Information on the project is to be maintained by EACH student in the group in communication portfolios.

Project Form to be included as the cover sheet for the project:


[Project Name ]
[Your Names]
[Project Completion Date]


[Project Introduction]


Today there are more than 100 animal species on the Endangered Species List in the United States alone. Each year more are added. Due to rescue and repopulation efforts, some animals are removed from the list. During our unit on animal habitat we will study some of these endangered animals and make suggestions for increasing their numbers.


[Project Task(s)]


In order to prevent a species from being wiped out, my team and I have been given an area of wilderness land within the United States to build an animal sanctuary. The sanctuary must allow the animals some of the freedoms they would have in the wild, yet keep them within the 200-acre space. We must also consider the best plan for operating the sanctuary, identifying funding sources, and ensuring ongoing health of the animals.


[Activities and Processes]


Our animal

§ Select an animal from the Endangered Species List

§ Research the animal’s natural habitat, dietary needs, and predators

§ Research the reasons why the animal is included on the Endangered Species List

§ Determine what might help the animal to prosper

Our sanctuary

§ Determine what type of enclosure will be used to contain the animals within the sanctuary

§ Determine how many animals the sanctuary will be able to support

§ Decide what we will need within the sanctuary to keep the animals healthy

§ Determine what funds are available to help us design and build our sanctuary

Our team

§ Must work together collaboratively

§ Must unanimously agree on the animal, the sanctuary design, and our final product

§ Each team member must pull their own weight in the project

§ Will evaluate one another at the end of the project

Our final product

§ Scale drawing of our animal sanctuary

§ Brochure or presentation to include information about our animal, the proposed sanctuary, and how the sanctuary will help get our animal off of the Endangered Species List.


[List of Resources]


Animal books, encyclopedias, the zoo, Architectural

Digest magazine, Expert you consulted


[Project Evaluation]


§ Sue worked well with everyone on the team. She volunteered for work and followed through on everything. She was always willing to try.

§ George was not really involved in the project. Although the team tried to engage him in activities, he never really participated and never took on tasks on his own.

§ Mary was the biggest contributor to the design of the sanctuary. She was able to translate the team’s ideas into real proposals.




Although there still remain a number of animals on the Endangered Species List within the United States, it’s important to know that people are working to help these animals to grow and prosper and to be removed from the list, if possible. Through this project, I was able to evaluate one animal from the list and discuss methods that may help it be removed from the list. I studied natural habitat, environmental health, predators, and appropriate design elements for my animal. In addition, I worked collaboratively with my group and designed a scale drawing of our sanctuary.

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