Extinction Lesson Plans for KS1 and KS2

‘The Tale of the Cocklebur Ick’ is a short (5 minute) song and video story featured in the ecological musical audiobook, Lost on Infinity by Rockford’s Rock Opera. It’s a sweet, but sad, tale that illustrates the meaning of extinction. In it, we are introduced to the Cocklebur Ick (a fictional creature from Victorian times) and join her on a journey to Infinity – the mystical island where the last of every species goes when it’s extinct.

‘The Tale of the Cocklebur Ick’ and Lost on Infinity are now being used as teaching resources by many thousands of schools across the world. They provide a sensitive and engaging way in which to introduce pressing ecological and extinction issues. Although ‘The Tale of the Cocklebur Ick’ is a little sad, the wider story and the messages behind it are hopeful and inspiring.

This set of lesson plans include
Lesson Plans for ages 5-7 (KS1):
Literacy - understanding characters, plot and events, Role Play.
Design - understanding the meaning of extinction

Lesson Plans for ages 7-11 (KS2):
Literacy - understanding the meaning of extinction
English - nature’s secrets
English/Poetry - words, rhythms, poems (1-2 weeks)

Lesson Plan which can be adapted for all ages:
Sequence of lessons based on camera angles used in
‘The Tale of the Cocklebur Ick’ Video

To discover the whole 2.5 hour award winning story and to unlock hours of free educational materials download our Lost on Infinity / Rockford’s Rock Opera apps on Apple and Android.
and visit our website, RockfordsRockOpera.com.

Also available as a Read-Along App


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Created: Aug 19, 2019

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