Wildlife Trade: BUYER BEWARE!








 Student Projects




"Suitcase for Survival"

Ideas for Use

  1. Use Strategic Questioning Strategies to help your audience to define and explore the ideas, feelings, and values that influence the judgments that people make.
  2. Checklist of what is "OK" and not "OK" to buy in the U.S.
  3. Survey of animals used in daily life.
  4. Describe 10 items that you use that have an impact on wildlife and wildlife habitat, the origin of the items, how they impact wildlife, and a more ecologically means of meeting the needs that these objects fill.
  5. Get photos of live animals to match with the wildlife and wildlife products in the suitcase, or even plan a trip to the zoo to see the animals represented by the products in the suitcase.
  6. Examine all products in the suitcase made from one animal. For example, examine all products made from the sea turtle or examine all products from the elephant.
  7. Examine real tortoise shell jewelry and fake. Determine if there is such a difference as to be worth the life of an animal to have the "real thing."
  8. Have books and pamphlets available with information about the animals in the suitcase.
  9. Teach young kids a song about the animals in the suitcase.
  10. Put together brief presentations on a species, describing its needs, present status, how it became endangered.
  11. Examine products in the suitcase. Ask your audience to express their feelings about the products. Discuss the attitudes that people have about reptiles and towards cuddly animals, etc.
  12. Ivory carvings in the suitcase may be Japanese "Gods of Good Fortune." Use this product to initiate a discussion of the cultural use of animal products.
  13. Using products from the suitcase, ask your audience to identify the product's place of origin on a world map.
  14. Use your imagination, and use the suitcase products where appropriate to enrich the wildlife trade activities.

    Please feel free to suggest other ways to use the suitcase items:

Authors: Shelly Peretz, Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois
Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July, 1997