Mongoose Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students about the mongoose with this lesson plan. Students will do some pre-reading questioning, read an informational text on mongooses to answer questions, then take a quiz and do a mongoose activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • ask questions about mongooses
  • read informational texts to locate answers to questions about mongooses
  • describe and discuss facts about mongooses


1 hour

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.5

Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

  • LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior

Being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and cope with changes. Groups may serve different functions and vary dramatically in size (3-LS2-1).


  • Copies of the lesson Mongoose Facts: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Highlighters
  • Sticky notes
  • Index cards
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Key Vocabulary

  • Mongoose


  • Tell students they will be learning about an animal called a mongoose. Allow those with prior experience or knowledge to briefly share what they know about mongooses.
  • Now, explain to students that they will be doing a pre-reading activity of questioning. Model by wondering a few things aloud about mongooses, such as 'What does a mongoose eat?' Write the question on the board.
  • Now, give students three to five minutes to brainstorm and record their own questions about mongooses.
  • When finished, call on one student at a time to share their questions as you record them on the board.
  • Distribute highlighters and sticky notes, and read all questions together with students.

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