Giant Pandas: Into the Wild Educator Guide

Giant Pandas: Into the Wild Educator Guide

Find an educator guide for using game-play to explore habitats and endangered species conservation with students in Grades K-6.


K, 1 - 6


Biology, Ecology

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Lockheed Martin

Giant Pandas: Into the Wild is an online game that can be played on desktop computers or iOS or Android tablets. The game challenges students to design a giant panda wildlife reserve that is suitable for panda health and happiness and prepares them for release into the wild. Students make decisions based on factors such as environment, availability of resources, and cost. The goal of the game is to engage students in decision-making around an endangered species and to raise awareness about giant pandas and the need for conservation.

Use this educator guide to engage students in Grades K-6 with the game in a variety of settings both in and out of the classroom. The guide includes information about the role of the facilitator, as well as game play setup for independent play, small group play, and whole class play. Activity ideas and discussion questions are organized into before, during, and after game play.

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Associate Producer
Julie Brown, National Geographic Society
Research Manager
Todd Georgelas, National Geographic Society, National Geographic Society
Angela M. Cowan, Education Specialist and Curriculum Designer
Cynthia Olson, Designer
Elaine Larson, National Geographic Society
Christina Riska Simmons
Samantha Zuhlke, National Geographic Society
Jessica Shea, National Geographic Society, National Geographic Society
Educator Reviewer
Donna Bernens-Kinkead, University Elementary School, Bloomington, IN
Expert Reviewer
William J. McShea, Research Ecologist, Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park
Last Updated

February 28, 2023

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