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New Jersey has one of the largest remaining federally endangered bog turtle populations in America?
Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest
Empowers 5th grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece.
Species on the Edge Contest Description
The Species on the Edge Contest empowers fifth grade students to advocate for endangered and threatened species of New Jersey through art and writing. Students select one of eighty endangered New Jersey species and write a well-researched essay from the creatively advocating for that animal. Students can complete their essay and accompanying art piece as part of a weeklong Common Core and NextGen Science standards aligned unit or with a quick one day introduction. All educator materials, including handouts, PowerPoints, and detailed lesson plans, are included within the contest kit. Because students become champions for NJ animals by learning where they live, what they look like, and what threatens their futures, a diverse range of learners are able to engage in a real-world research project where writing and art take on significance beyond the walls of the classroom.
2017 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Rules and Entry Form - 2.9MB
2017 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resource Kit - 6.6MB
Stephanie DAlessio, Director of Education
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