Rio (2011)

Concept featured in clip:Population Growth/Extinction
Location of clip: 06:35-10:36 (DVD)

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Summary of clip: While Blu, the flightless macaw, lives comfortably with his owner in a bookstore in Minnesota, he is sought after by an Ornithologist to save the species of the rare blue macaw. They are told that he is the last male blue macaw and needs to mate with a female found in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Although the ornithologist is sure Blu’s natural instincts will kick in, he discovers that Blu has not learned to fly while living in captivity.  

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip introduces endangered species and the importance of making efforts needed to prevent a species from going extinct. Endangered species are important to study to insure healthy ecosystems and preserving biodiversity.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Make an Animoto movie of species that are currently endangered.

2. Define threatened, endangered, and extinct species.

3. Have students research an endangered species and develop a plan to protect and improve the population growth of the species.

4. Explore human population growth and its effects on landscape development and habitats of other species.