Teaching Resources about Lemurs
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.”
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Primate Activities for Kids
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.
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.
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