ALEX Lesson Plan


Save the Elephants

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Author:Leigh Evans
System: Jasper City
School: West Jasper Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33123


Save the Elephants


The students will evaluate the threat to elephants due to the illegal ivory trade. They will read an article, watch a video, and create a public service announcement to help end the threat to elephants.

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
ELA2015 (4)
12. Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text. [RI.4.3]
ELA2015 (4)
19. By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the Grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RI.4.10]
ELA2015 (4)
21. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. [RF.4.4]
a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. [RF.4.4a]
b. Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. [RF.4.4b]
c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary. [RF.4.4c]
ELA2015 (4)
22. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. [W.4.1]
a. Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose. [W.4.1a]
b. Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details. [W.4.1b]
c. Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition). [W.4.1c]
d. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented. [W.4.1d]
ELA2015 (4)
23. Write informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. [W.4.2]
a. Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. [W.4.2a]
b. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic. [W.4.2b]
c. Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because). [W.4.2c]
d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. [W.4.2d]
e. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented. [W.4.2e]
ELA2015 (4)
29. Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources. [W.4.8]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will use an informative text, draw conclusions, and construct a written piece to persuade others toward an opinion. They will relate their knowledge from several areas using their written work. They will also devise a PSA video.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Computer/laptop/iPad with Internet access


Technology Resources Needed:

Computer camera/video or iPad

Internet access




Preview videos and article to ensure appropriateness for students.


1. Students will read the article on TFK and watch the video.

2. They will write an opinion piece/narrative for a PSA video.

3. Students will use their iPads or Webcam to create a PSA (Public Service Announcement) video to inform people of the threat to elephants.

4. Display the Objective: Using your iPad video to create a short video (1 min) pretending you are on television and encouraging others to become more aware of the dangers to the elephant population. Use facts from the article and video to support your opinion.


Assessment Strategies

The students will submit their narrative for assessment of evidence. 

Use Rubric -

(example of the rubric linked...teach-nology or RubiStar allows for creation of your own)


Students will read the different elephant scenarios and choose one to write about.


Students will partner with a classmate to complete their writing and video. 

Students who are struggling readers can use the video to complete the assignment if the text is too difficult in the article.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.