An endangered species biologist with the State of North Carolina, one who also happens to be the parent of two of our dolphins, brought this poster contest to my attention over our fall break, and I decided to work it into my lessons for our upper grades kids. It is sponsored by the North Carolina Zoo as a way to raise awareness of endangered species both in North Carolina and throughout the world. After the students selected their species, we've been dedicating a couple of class periods per grade to creating our posters.
In early December, our biologist mom and I, along with some help from our administrators and perhaps a guest judge or two, will select a first, second, and third place winner from our school. Mr. O will award these three winners an art-related prize and forward their posters to the zoo where they will compete against other entries from the state in the 3rd-5th grade category. Of the many poster contests I come across annually, I thought this one was appropriate to spend some classroom time on given the student-friendly subject matter, the nice tie-in with science (it has spurred some good discussions on habitat loss and other reasons why certain animals are in trouble!), and the small poster size (8.5"x 11"). I'll post some more entries after they are completed. Many students have taken their posters home to finish them, so parents, please help me get them back before Thanksgiving!