RARE—CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK COLLECTION


The RARE—Creatures of the Photo Ark Collection covers key topics related to biodiversity and animal adaptation using original photographs and footage from National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore, and video adapted from the WGBH series based on Sartore's work, RARE—Creatures of the Photo Ark. Sartore is on a quest to capture studio portraits of critically endangered animals, which he hopes inspire people to help save these animals and their habitats before they vanish. 

Check out the first set of resources below, which promote science inquiry skills. The support materials present ways to engage elementary students in open-ended exploration. Come back August 1st when additional resources, including more video clips from the broadcast series, will be available. 

 

  • RARE: Key Deer

    Observe a small, endangered species of deer with National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore and learn how its survival is tied to human activities, in this adapted video from RARE—Creatures of the Photo Ark. The Key deer, one of the rarest mammals in North America, is well adapted to the conditions of its natural habitat, the tropical island chain the Florida Keys. But its population has been threatened by humans who have also made the Keys their home. Even though government protections have helped increase the Key deer population in recent years, these animals remain at risk. This resource is part of the RARE–Creatures of the Photo Ark Collection.

    Grades: 6-12
  • RARE: Safari Slideshow

    Engage with biodiversity and endangered species by comparing stunning photographs by Joel Sartore in this digital slideshow from RARE—Creatures of the Photo Ark. Use the slideshow to encourage comparison of the images. This exercise promotes open-ended discovery, rich classroom conversations, and increased empathy for endangered animals. This resource is part of the RARE–Creatures of the Photo Ark Collection.

    Educators: Download the guide in Support Materials for further instructions about leading this activity. Once completing the slideshow, follow up with RARE: Creature Cards. Also, watch the short video tutorial—RARE: Using the Safari Slideshow and Creature Cards in Class—on how to implement these RARE interactives in your classroom.

    Grades: 4-5
  • RARE: Creature Cards

    Explore a set of digital trading cards featuring photos by Joel Sartore and learn more about endangered animals in this Creature Cards interactive from WGBH. The cards provide stunning images and detailed information about each animal. Click on them to turn them over! Make your own card using the blank card found in Support Materials. This resource is part of the RARE—Creatures of the Photo Ark Collection.

    Educators: Watch the short video tutorial—RARE: Using the Safari Slideshow and Creature Cards in Class—to learn how to implement this resource in your classroom.

    Grades: 4-5
  • RARE: Using the Safari Slideshow and Creature Cards in Class

    Learn how to use the Safari Slideshow and Creature Cards in your classroom, in this short video tutorial from WGBH. Hear from an elementary teacher about her experience using these resources with her students. When she encouraged her students to make educated guesses without worrying about being right or wrong, they became critical explorers: making close observations and asking thoughtful questions. Engagement increased, and even laughter ensued. This resource is part of the RARE—Creatures of the Photo Ark Collection.

    Grades: 4-5

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