Today, May 22nd, has been named The International Day for Biological Diversity by the United Nations. In the United States, May 21st was designated Endangered Species Day by Congress.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources For World Biodiversity Day (that are accessible to English Language Learners):
ESL Holiday Lessons has an online lesson for ELL’s.
Loss of Nature Will Damage Economies is another lesson from Breaking News English.
Here’s an infographic that shows the top 20 countries with endangered species.
10 Species Near Extinction is a TIME Magazine slideshow.
Animals Under Siege is a TIME infographic.
Endangered Means There Is Still Time is the title of a slideshow.
Treehugger has several good slideshows, including:
Endangered World is an interactive from The Guardian.
Portraits Of America’s Endangered Species is a slideshow from NPR.
National Geographic has several good resources:
Here are good materials that would require teacher modification to make them accessible to ELL’s:
World’s biodiversity ‘crisis’ needs action, says UN is from the BBC.
Planet’s Biodiversity Said Under New Threat comes from CBS News.
Saving the World’s Endangered Species is an excellent resource from TIME Magazine.
Nature loss ‘to damage economies’ is from the BBC.
State of the Planet: A Snapshot is an audio slideshow from Scientific American. It shows humanity’s impact on other species. The narrator speaks quite fast, but the maps shown in the slideshow are accessible to English Language Learners.
Which animals are in danger? is the title of a series of very accessible articles on endangered species from the CBBC Newsround.
5 Animals Closest to Extinction is a short and simple article with images.
Rarest of the rarest: top 10 lost amphibians is a slideshow from The Guardian.
A Directory of Rare Wonders is an interactive from The New York Times.
Endangered Species Ecotourism: Developing Citizen Science Travel Itineraries is a lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network.
IUCN red list 2011 – in pictures is from The Guardian and highlights endangered species.
Are We in the Midst Of a Sixth Mass Extinction? is a New York Times graphic.
The world’s extinct and endangered species – interactive map is from The Guardian.
World’s most extraordinary species mapped for the first time – interactive is from The Guardian.
Here’s an impressive infographic from the World Bank. You can get a larger version here:
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