Teacher Guide for an "Inquiry Leading to Understanding" Project

To Hunt or Not to Hunt?

By Joni Turville
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"Should the hunting of endangered species be completely disallowed?"

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Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Curriculum Areas:
Focus: History/Social Science
Secondary: Technology, Reading, English/Language Arts

Whale hunting by aboriginal peoples

aboriginal culture, aboriginal rights, Animal protection, environmental protection

3-4 weeks
Should we disallow the hunting of endangered species? The answer that springs to mind is probably, "Yes, of course!". Issues such as these are much more complicated in real life.
Take the case of whale hunting. Many whales have been declared endangered species, but the whale is an animal traditionally hunted by aboriginal people. Should they still be allowed to hunt the whales? If they can, should others too? How far should we go to protect animals?

Understanding points-of-view, can be difficult for students. Seeking to understand the opinions of others is an important life skill, as is understanding the complexities of many societal issues.