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Teaching Resources about Lemurs

Learning about lemurs helps students get exciting about learning! These resources help them practice writing, critical thinking, and reading comprehension while learning about science, biodiversity, and endangered species.

Activities from the Lemur Conservation Network

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

2020 World Lemur Festival Passport to Madagascar Field Notebook

Passport to Madagascar Field Notebook

Passport to Madagascar

Age 6 and up

Grab your passport and get ready to go; it’s time for a Madagascar safari! In Passport to Madagascar, participants visit three different parts of Madagascar, where each one of the 2020 World Lemur Festival featured lemur species calls home (crowned sifaka, diademed sifaka, and collared brown lemur). 

At each Education Station, use the corresponding one-page info sheet to learn about the featured lemur species found in that area. Then, complete the task for each station and write about what you learned in your Passport to Madagascar Field Notebook to earn your passport stamps!

» Download Field Notebook
» Download Activity Guide

 

Lemur Species 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.

» Crowned Sifaka: Web page | PDF
» Diademed Sifaka: Web page | PDF
» Collared Brown Lemur: Web page | PDF

Download PDF of All Fact Sheets

 

Lemur Documentary Film Festival Guide

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.

» Download Film Festival Guide

 

Ethogram template for documenting lemur behavior

Ethogram template for documenting lemur behavior

Citizen Science Project: Lemur Ethogram

Age 14 and up 

This activity helps you observe lemurs at your local zoo (or via a zoo webcam). You will compile a list of their distinct behaviors, also known as an ethogram. Ethograms are a stepping stone toward asking testable questions about animal behavior. Your ethogram can provide insight about lemur behavior that can help their zookeepers take even better care of them!

» Download Ethogram Activity

 

More from the Lemur Conservation Network

A page spread in the PiccMadagascar Activity Book

Picc Madagascar Activity Book

More Recommended 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.

» Download PICC’s Coloring and Activity Book

Books from the Ako Project by the Lemur Conservation Foundation.

Lemur Conservation Foundation

The Ako Project

The Ako Project is a series of beautifully illustrated books help children learn about the wonders of Madagascar in a fun and easy-to-understand way. They are available in both English and Malagasy. Teachers can order books and  posters on the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s website.

» Learn more about the Ako Project

Posters, Lesson Plans, and Coloring Book

Additionally, LCF has a series of six downloadable lemur habitat posters, a free lesson plan for young learners called “Animal Fact or Fiction”, and a large series of coloring sheets!

» Coloring Book

» All Resources from LCF

 

“Meet the Lemurs” Guide from the Duke Lemur Center

The Duke Lemur Center‘s website’s Meet the Lemurs section includes facts about lemurs’ diet, predators, how they got to Madagascar, and profiles of 18 lemur species, 3 loris species, and the Thick-tailed Bush Baby.

» Resources from the Duke Lemur Center

 

Island of Lemurs IMAX Film: Educator's Guide

Island of Lemurs IMAX Film: Educator’s Guide

Island of Lemurs Madagascar IMAX Film: Educator’s Guide

This guide was produced by Warner Brothers Entertainment and IMAX in partnership with the Duke Lemur Center. It includes an adorably illustrated map that helps 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.

» Download the guide

 

Prosimian Taxonomic Advisory Group Education Advisor Committee

» Am I Like a Lemur? (K-1)
» Adaptation Stations (Grades 2-3)
» Survival Scents and You Can’t Grow Home Again (Grades 4-5)

 

Learning thru Lemurs: Resource and Activity Guide

Learning thru Lemurs: Resource and Activity Guide

Teacher Robin Lee’s “Learning thru Lemurs” Guidebook

Language arts teacher Robin Lee spent a year teaching her students 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.

» Download the curriculum guide
» Download the World Lemur Week Activity Guide

 

New Big 5 Educational Fun Pack

The New Big 5 has an educational Fun Pack for young people interested in wildlife, with quizzes, jokes, drawing, and challenges. It’s best for ages 6-11, though other children might enjoy it too.

» Download the Fun Pack
» Find ArticlesInterviews and Podcasts from New Big 5

 

International Primate Protection League

IPPL has a number of fun kids activities on their website, including lemur word searches, a lemur coloring page, a prosimian crossword puzzle, and a variety of free puzzles and other activities about primates.

» Learn more about the IPPL

Middle School Students in Madagascar Raise Awareness of Lemurs

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

Visit the Animal Protection at ASA Website