This post will be the first in our “Achievement of the Month” series. Every month we will highlight an award or achievement that relates to that particular month’s core value or theme as well as crafts that can be completed as part of the requirements for that achievement or award.
Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop Requirements:
- Explain what natural resources are and why it’s important to protect and conserve them.
- Make a poster that shows and explains the food chain. Describe to your den what happens if the food chain becomes broken or damaged.
- Learn about an endangered species. Make a report to your den that includes a picture, how the species came to be endangered, and what is being done to save it.
#1. Explain what natural resources are and why it’s important to protect and conserve them.
No crafts for this. This is more of a discussion requirement, but I’m sure that there could be a craft to teach this. If you have ideas, please share them in the comments below.
#2. Make a poster that shows and explains the food chain. Describe to your den what happens if the food chain becomes broken or damaged.
Instead of a poster, select a food chain to describe and make “Food Chain Matryoshka Dolls”. Matryoshka Dolls, or Russian Nesting Dolls, are a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. Using this same concept, cubs can learn the basics of how a food chain works.
- 2-3 empty toilet paper rolls
- 1 empty paper towel roll
- Glue Stick
- Select a food chain to diagram and figure out how many steps you will need. I chose to use the “Grassland Biome” food chain shown here. There are 5 steps in this food chain: Grass->Grasshopper->Mouse/Rat->Snake->Hawk
- Begin by cutting a slice down all your cardboard tubes.
- From one toilet paper tube, cut two small pieces, approximately 1-2? and 2-3? in height.
- From the second toilet paper roll, cut a piece approximately 3-4? in height.
- From the toilet paper roll, cut two pieces approximately 4-5? and 5-6? in height.
- Tape the longest tube back together
- Place the second longest tube inside the longest tube with just enough of the end sticking out to place a piece of tape on it to hold your size in place.
- Pull the entire tube out and tape along the seam to hold the tube together
- Repeat this process of putting the next smallest tube inside the one you just taped to get the size right, then tape it together.
- Measure and cut pieces of paper to fit over your cardboard tubes.
- Draw pictures of each step in the food chain on the pieces of paper in their correct order.
- Attach the pieces of paper to their appropriate tubes with a glue stick.
Stand the tubes up in food chain order and demonstrate how each tube fits nice and snug inside the one above it (producer->consumer). Once the food chain is complete, you will only see the tallest tube as everything else has been eating, which is why that animal is at the top of the food chain. You can also demonstrate that if a level is skipped, the pieces will not fit together properly and will not stay in place. This is because each step plays a vital role in the food chain for the biome, or ecosystem, to function properly. Without it, things just don’t fit together and the food chain is incomplete (the pieces fall out)
#3. Learn about an endangered species. Make a report to your den that includes a picture, how the species came to be endangered, and what is being done to save it.
Make a paper plate mask of the endangered species and then give the report to your den or pack using the mask and talking from the point of view of the animal. Example: “I am a Giant Panda. I am an endangered species threatened by continued habitat loss and by a very low birthrate, both in the wild and in captivity. I have also been a target for poaching. In 1958, the People’s Republic of China created the Wolong National Nature Reserve to protect me, and additional laws were added in the 1990’s. I eat mostly bamboo and in my spare time, I like to practice kung fu“, lol.
Here are instructions to create a Giant Panda mask:
- 1 piece black and white constructions
- 1 paper plate
- 1 craft stick
- glue stick
- Cut out the template shapes for eyes, eyebrows, ears, mouth, hair, and nose. I used the pattern found here.
- Glue all the pieces to the paper plate. Glue the eyebrows on top of the black eye circles and the white ear pieces inside the black ear pieces.
- Cut two circles out of the black eye rings to see through
- Attach craft stick to the bottom rear of the mask
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