SIMILAR CREATURES WITH DIFFERENT FEATURES By: Gabriela Del Valle
OVERVIEW: Similar Creatures with Different Features is a first grade science lesson teaching students about similar types of felines and their different characteristics such as body shape, coloring and hunting styles. We will be reviewing 4 felines from all around the world. Where they live, what they eat, and their physical characteristics are just a few topics to be discussed. After learning the differences, there will be a short quiz at the end of the power point where the students can show what they learned.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? At this age, students need to learn the basic needs for living things. This lesson will teach them what felines need to survive, and how their environment affects their characteristics. After viewing this presentation, students will be able to tell the difference between the felines and some facts about them. They will also learn some new vocabulary about animals they might not have known.
KEY TERMS: Feline: Belonging or pertaining to the cat family. Carnivorous: Flesh-eating Retractable: Able to withdraw. Camouflage: Concealment by some means that alters or obscures the appearance. Predator: Any organism that exists by preying upon other organisms Prey: An animal hunted or seized for food.
LIONSHABITAT APPEARANCE HUNTING TYPE OTHER FACTSGeographically Tallest of all Female lions do Live up to 10-14distributed in living cats. the majority of years.most sub- the huntingSaharan east Colors vary from because they are Second largestand southern light buff, smaller and cat.Africa. yellowish, swifter. reddish or dark Lions can hearTypically inhabit brown. They hunt in prey from a milesavanna and groups to take away.grassland. Males and down larger females look animals, such as A lions roar canLive in prides. different. Males zebras, boars be heard from have a large and buffalo. five miles away mane making the lion appear They need to be larger. close to their prey.
TIGERSHABITAT APPEARANCE HUNTING TYPE OTHER FACTSThey can be Tigers have dark Solitary animals. Largest cat in thefound in India, vertical stripes world.China, and on reddish- Nocturnal - theySoutheast Asia. orange fur with a hunt mostly at Eat up to 60 lighter night. pounds of meatThey need a lot underbelly. in one night.of coverage, Hunt alone andclose water and Long canines ambush their They enjoylots of prey. (teeth) prey by water, unlike overpowering most cats.Forests are were Males are larger them.most thrive. than the females. Little stamina,Prefer denser Very muscular but great leapingvegetation bodies. ability. Eat large to medium animals.
CHEETAHHABITAT APPEARANCE HUNTING TYPE OTHER FACTSInhabits most of Deep chest and Eat mammals Cheetahs cannotAfrica and parts narrow waist under 80 roar, but they doof the Middle pounds, like chirp and churrEast. Short fur that is gazelles. tan with round Live 10-12 yearsThrive in areas black spots that Hunts early inwith vast gives it some the morning or in Males usuallyexpanses of land camouflage. the evening live in groupswhere prey is when it is notabundant Small head with hot. Only need to very sharp vision drink water everyLikes thick brush Hunts with vision three to foursuch as Paws have semi- rather than days.semidesert and retractable claws scent.prairie. giving them extra grip. Runs at very high speeds, fastest land animal.
SNOW LEOPARDHABITAT APPEARANCE HUNTINH TYPE OTHER FACTSMountain ranges Slightly smaller They eat Another cat thatof Central Asia. then the other whatever meat cannot roar. cats. they can find.Occupy alpine Can live up to 15and subalpine Short bodies and They can kill years.areas. long tails. animals more than three times Shy cats, evenCold, snow Stocky and short their weight, with their owncovered areas. legs with wide such as species. paws. mountain sheep,Mountainous but will eat haresmeadows and Long, thick fur and birds.rocky regions. with colors from yellowish tan to Ambush preyPrefer broken smoky gray. from above.terrain. Ears are small to minimize heat