How to Use This Program
Elephants, Never Forget aims to educate students about wild elephants and their
unique role in our shared world, including topics related to biodiversity and habitats,
as well as some of the issues and challenges elephants face. Here’s one possible
approach to teaching this program:
1. Introduce Topic and Develop Content Knowledge
Video (on DVD), Lesson Plan 1,
Worksheet 1, Video Quiz
A. Video Viewing
View the video with your class to build background and tap into students’ prior
knowledge about elephants. Students may use Worksheet 1 to build background
around key vocabulary as they watch the video. Following the viewing, students
may take the short Video Quiz and discuss what they have learned.
B. Read Text Pages
Use suggestions from Lesson 1 to prepare students
to read the Text pages in this guide. During read-
ing, students may also use Worksheet 1 to record
information about key vocabulary.
2. Conduct Lesson Activities
Teaching Guide: Text Pages,
Lesson Plans and Worksheets
• Lesson 2 focuses on understanding concepts of habitat loss and building
empathy for elephants;
• Lesson 3 presents activities to support the learning about biodiversity and the
interactions between elephants and other species in their ecosystems;
• Lesson 4 and Worksheet 2 provide a narrative about an elephant rescue with
various possible written, dramatic, and discussion-oriented activities;
• Lesson 5 guides students to categorise and compare threats to elephants with
threats to other animal species—to reflect topics described in the text;
• Lesson 6 and the News Article Handout guides students to communicate an
argument taking account of different viewpoints, drawing upon on what they
have learned through research and debate.
• More optional lessons are on the companion DVD, or online: ifaw.org.lessons
3. Extend Learning and Take Action
Teaching Guide: Lessons. Plus: Interactive Poster
Guide, Take Action for Elephants Leaflet, Elephants Crafts and Activities Pages
Use the optional suggestions within the lessons as homework or extra projects to
reinforce learning. There is also an Interactive Poster, perfect for whiteboard or
individual student exploration. Younger students may enjoy some fun elephant
crafts and learning activities on the Crafts, Activities and Coloring pages.
Suggestions for individual and group action to raise awareness about elephant issues
can be found in the supplemental Join the Herd: Take Action flyer. To access these
resources online, visit: www.ifaw.org/education
Ground Rules Activity
Prior to discussions that may involve strong views or feelings, many teachers and
students like to develop ground rules within their classrooms to promote positive
listening, respect, and sensitivity to different points of view.
Ask the class to pair up and answer the following question: ‘How do people behave
toward me that makes me feel conﬁdent and comfortable to talk with them about
things that really matter to me?’
Ask the pairs to move into groups of six and share their ideas. Have them make a
list of the behaviors that all six can understand and agree with. These may include:
1. They listen to me.
2. They don’t laugh.
3. They don’t shout out what I say to other people.
Gather the whole class and ask each group to report their list—one behavior at
a time. Check for understanding and agreement with the whole class. Only write
down those behaviors that everybody accepts and understands.
Steer the group towards identifying clearly observable behaviors rather than
broad concepts. Display the list as a means to encourage individuals to take
responsibility for their actions within the group.
© IFAW 2011 • Front cover images: © IFAW/D. Willetts; © Tom Munro/JBG Photo
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The lessons in this program meet learning
objectives in science, social studies, and
language arts. Among other program goals,
students will learn life science concepts,
practice purposeful reading and comprehension
strategies, and conduct role-play, public
speaking and other activities that encourage
understanding and presentation of various
viewpoints and perspectives on an issue.
Teaching Guide Contents
Pages 3-9............ Informational Text:
Page 10:................. Glossary
Pages 11-20.......... Lessons & Worksheets
The educational video runs for about 18 minutes
and is appropriate for general youth audiences.
The DVD also includes PDF documents of this
guide plus many more program materials, an
interactive poster, and much more!
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