Window Into the Classroom: Sharing the Planet

We all share this big blue planet, and this includes other animals beyond humans! The 4/5 multiage is working on their Sharing the Planet projects and  the 4th grade will be working on an animal of their choice. With many species facing extinction, the 4th grade has taken on projects that have those animals in mind.


Sebastian & Fischer

  • This group is working on the leopards, and why they are facing extinction. Sebastian and Fischer are first learning some general biology about the leopard, where they live, and some of the obstacles this species is facing. I learned that leopards are being poached for their furs and facing poaching from farmers/hunters.

Nico & Alex

  • This group will be focusing their time on researching Great White Sharks and factors that are leading to their extinction. For Nico & Alex, some of the larger obstacles the Great White faces is a bad reputation brought about by films like Jaws that paints a murderous picture of Great Whites. The group wants to communicate a different, more encouraging message about Great Whites to the public.

Indy, Emilia, Maya, Holly

  • What factors are leading to the extinction of the ocelot? Unfortunately, there are a lot of obstacles the ocelot now faces in order to continue to thrive on our planet. This group’s plan of action for their project is to put ‘Mia’ in the local paper. Mia is an ocelot that lives in the jungles of Argentina that has a story. The group wants to publish Mia’s story in the local paper in order to raise awareness about the obstacles she faces every day to stay alive.

Kenzi, Mai, Fiona

  • The Aye-Aye is a creature that also needs help on our planet to survive habitat loss and other factors leading to their extinction. This group plans on doing a small survey of the Missoula public to see if they know about the situation that the aye-aye faces. If they find that their community is not aware of the situation, then they will work towards publishing an article in the Missoulian that will help educate people about the aye-aye’s possible extinction.