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Teaching Resources about Lemurs

Black and white ruffed lemurs are pollinators. Photo: Mathias Appel.

These teaching resources help students learn about lemurs (and learn to love them!) while learning other critical skills. Find lessons from the Lemur Conservation Network and our members about lemurs, science, biodiversity, and endangered species.

“We will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”

— Baba Dioum

ACTIVITIES FROM THE LEMUR CONSERVATION NETWORK

The following learning and teaching materials were developed through a collaboration between the Louisiana Lemur Foundation and the Lemur Conservation Network.

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Passport to Madagascar

Age 6 and up

Grab your passport and get ready to go! Visit three regions of Madagascar, where each one of the 2020 World Lemur Festival featured lemur species calls home (crowned sifaka, diademed sifaka, and collared brown lemur).

Set up education stations, and use a one-page info sheet to learn about the featured lemur species found in that area. Complete the task for each station and write about what you learned in your Passport to Madagascar Field Notebook to earn your passport stamps!

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Lemur Fact Sheets

Age 10 and up

These one-page fact sheets on the 3 species featured for the 2020 World Lemur Festival help students get started learning about lemurs. They can be used with the Passport to Madagascar activity, or on their own.

Views on the way to Marojejy National Park. Photo: Lynne Venart.

Guide to Documentary Films about Lemurs and Madagascar

Age 6 and up

This guide lists 7 films about lemurs and Madagascar, including a summary, length, how to access the film online, and discussion questions to use with each.

Ring-tailed lemurs at Duisburg. Photo: Mathias Appel.

Citizen Science Project: Lemur Ethogram

Age 10 and up 

This activity helps you observe lemurs at your local zoo (or via a zoo webcam). You will list their distinct behaviors in an ethogram. Ethograms are a great first step toward asking testable questions about animal behavior. Share your ethogram with your zookeeper to help them learn more about the lemurs in their care!

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Google Earth Mapping Activity

Age 10 and up 

Use this interactive map with your students for World Lemur Day, or adapt it for a different wildlife day. Explore the map to learn about lemur species and their habitats, as well as Madagascar’s people and geography. The lesson plan includes discussion questions and tips for adaptation.

Family-friendly lemur trivia event flyer

Virtual Lemur Trivia for the 2020 World Lemur Festival

Age 8 and up

This family-friendly virtual trivia features Lynne Venart of the Lemur Conservation Network, Susie Louis of Conservation Fusion, and Jessica Deville of the Louisiana Lemur Foundation. Test your lemur knowledge, learn new lemur facts, and learn how you can help lemurs!

MORE ONLINE TEACHING RESOURCES

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Coloring and Activity Book in Malagasy and English

from PICC Madagascar

This 40 page activity book features beautiful illustrations for coloring, and activities in both Malagasy and English. It features coloring pages, a word search, a matching game, a vocabulary lesson, and stories about Madagascar, the Malagasy people, and lemurs.

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Ako Project Books, Posters, and Lesson Plans

from the Lemur Conservation Foundation

The Ako Project is a series of beautifully illustrated books that helps children learn about the wonders of Madagascar in a fun and easy-to-understand way. Available in both English and Malagasy. Order books and posters on the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s website.

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Lemur Games, Crafts, Coloring Sheets, and Habitat Posters

from the Lemur Conservation Foundation

LCF’s Kidz4Lemurs page has a variety of activities for kids to learn about and celebrate lemurs, including a series of six downloadable lemur habitat posters, many coloring sheets, and several lemur crafts including a mask activity.

Island of Lemurs IMAX Film: Educator's Guide

Educators Guide for the Island of Lemurs Madagascar IMAX Film

from the Duke Lemur Center, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and IMAX

This guide includes an illustrated map to help students use their map skills to learn about lemurs and the other animals that live on Madagascar. It also features several worksheets and activities, vocabulary lessons, and quizzes.

Crowned Lemur. Photo: Mathias Appel.

Meet the Lemurs

from the Duke Lemur Center

The Meet the Lemurs section of the Duke Lemur Center’s website includes profiles of all species at the Center, including 14 lemur species as well as the thick-tailed bushbaby and pygmy slow loris. Learn about each species, including their diet, predators, where they live, and more. Includes videos!

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Google Expeditions with Lemurs

from the Primatologist Raymond Vagell

Primatologist Ray Vagell helped produced 3 Google Expeditions that can be viewed using a Virtual Reality (VR) headset or on your computer: two about his research on lemur color blindness, and one featuring the Duke Lemur Center.

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Lemur Bounce Activity Booklet

from Money for Madagascar

This activity booklet is designed to help schools raise money to support conservation in Madagascar. In addition to fundraising information, it includes learning and exercise activities, participation certificates, and more.

Teacher Robin Lee’s “Learning thru Lemurs” Guidebook

Teacher Robin Lee’s Learning thru Lemurs Guidebook

Language arts teacher Robin Lee taught an entire year with a lemur-based curriculum! They read books on the rainforest, learned about lemurs, wrote lemur limericks, held fundraisers, and made posters about lemur conservation. This resource documents their activities.

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Primate Activities for Kids

from the International Primate Protection League

IPPL has a number of fun kids activities about all types of primates on their website, including word searches, coloring pages, crossword puzzles, recipes, and more.

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Wildlife Education Fun Pack

from the New Big 5

Designed for young people interested in wildlife, this fun pack includes quizzes, jokes, drawing, and challenges. Best for ages 6-11, other children might enjoy it too.

FEATURED BLOG POSTS

Middle School Students in Madagascar Raise Awareness of Lemurs

Middle-schoolers from the American School of Antananarivo (ASA) in Madagascar are working on a project to raise awareness of lemurs! Their website features podcasts about lemurs in English, French, and Malagasy.