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Artful Animals: Elephant Conservation

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Earth and Space Sciences +4 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

This student activity analyzes our relationship to African elephants by exploring their representation in African art, alongside the threats facing this vulnerable species. Includes art objects, photographs, articles (including one with an adjustable lexile-rating), reading comprehension questions, discussion questions, and opportunities to learn more.

Tag: Africa

This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.

Elephant mask

National Museum of African Art

Coffin

National Museum of African Art

Elephant mask

National Museum of African Art

Elephant mask

National Museum of African Art

Drum

National Museum of African Art

Water vessel

National Museum of African Art

Tusk

National Museum of African Art

Hat

National Museum of African Art

Display object

National Museum of African Art

Headrest

National Museum of African Art

Crest mask

National Museum of African Art

Play-Fighting Baby Elephants

Smithsonian Channel

The Elephant in the Rotunda

Smithsonian Channel

Artful Animals

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access