Tiger Lesson Plan

Instructor: Joanne Abramson

Joanne has taught middle school and high school science for more than ten years and has a master's degree in education.

Tigers are beautiful and fascinating. Use these eye-catching creatures to teach your students about wildlife and diversity. In this lesson plan, find a short article about tigers to prepare students for a small-group activity that challenges them to compare different subspecies of tigers.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify where tigers are found on Earth
  • list some of the foods that tigers eat
  • describe differences and similarities between subspecies of tigers

Length

1-1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1:

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.8:

Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.4:

Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson Tiger Facts: Lesson for Kids
  • Copies of the quiz that accompanies the lesson
  • Printed photographs of tigers, their prey, and their habitat as outlined in the instructions
  • Manila envelopes
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Map of the world

Instructions

  • Students will work in small groups for the activity. Before class, choose three of the types of tigers listed in the lesson. Create envelopes for each of the subspecies. All of the student groups will need envelopes for the three types of tigers. Include the following:
    • For each subspecies, print out photographs of the tiger, several animals that it eats, and its habitat.
    • Place the pictures of the type of tiger, its diet, and habitat into one of the manila envelopes.
    • Label each envelope with the subspecies name, how much it weighs, where it is found on Earth, and its current population.
  • To begin the lesson, show the class one of the photographs of the tigers.
    • Begin a K-W-L (Know-Want to Know-Learned) chart on the board. Fill in the 'K' (Know) and 'W' (Want to Know) sections of the chart with students' answers.
  • Distribute the highlighters and the copies of Tiger Facts: Lesson for Kids. As you read through the lesson as a class, have students highlight information new to them.
  • Ask students to share what they have learned. Add their responses to your chart.
  • Distribute and have students complete the lesson quiz.

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