The National Wildlife Federation teamed up with Born to Be Wild 3D to offer educational content designed around the film. Through our educator's guide and other resources, kids can learn more about endangered species and find out how to help protect them and their habitats.
Born to Be Wild 3D is a story of the remarkable bond between humans and animals. It is about love, dedication, and saving endangered species one life at a time. In the film, meet baby orangutans and elephants who have lost their families, along with the extraordinary people who rescue these orphans. Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas works with orangutans in the lush rain forests of Borneo. Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick works with elephants on Kenya's rugged savanna. Together, they and their teams are raising these incredible animals and returning them to the wild.
This guide, designed for use with the film Born to Be Wild 3D, will help you explore the film’s themes in an educational setting. The activities are designed for grades 3 through 5, with extensions for younger and older children. These activities meet national standards for English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Visual Arts.
Adopt an Animal: Orangutans are highly intelligent primates and are close relatives of humans. They are also critically endangered. Orangutans spend much of their lives in the trees, and the most serious threat to them is the destruction of forest habitat from excessive logging. Talk with your class, club, or community about orangutans and why they need our help. Then throw a fundraiser to symbolically adopt an orangutan.
Speak Up for Wildlife: Wildlife can't send a letter to the President or call their members of Congress, but kids can! From federal policies like the Endangered Species Act to state policies to reduce climate change pollution, public input is important to protecting and restoring wildlife and their habitat.
Become Citizen Scientists: Kids can volunteer their time to assist scientists in their research. Citizen scientists can support professional researchers in a lot of ways—by submitting data, sharing experiences, or spreading valuable information. Scientists benefit from having a lot more data to analyze and a pool of volunteers willing to help.
Garden for Wildlife: In just a few easy steps, kids can help turn a backyard, balcony, or patch of grass into a habitat for wildlife by providing food, water, cover, and places for wildlife to raise their young.
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