This Nature of Teaching lesson plan teaches students about the endangered eastern hellbender and the importance of conserving it. The hellbender is North America's largest salamander, growing up to 2 feet long. It is a fully aquatic salamander that spends its whole life swimming along the bottom of clean, fast-flowing, freshwater rivers and streams. After working through this lesson, students will be able to identify the eastern hellbender, describe the life stages of the eastern hellbender, explain the eastern hellbender's relationship to clean water, and list ways to conserve the eastern hellbender.
Rebecca L. Busse; Jeff Rollins, Rod Williams, Thomas G Kronewitter