Discuss: Have children look at the chart on page 4
- What animals are wild? What makes them wild? (Wild animals take care of themselves)
- What animals are domestic and not wild? What makes them domestic? (Domestic animals have lived with people for so long they have changed. They need people to take care of them. Provide the example of wolves living close to people and over thousands of years becoming domesticated dogs)
- Look back at the bottom of page 3. Which sentence gives important information that the video tells us too? (Wild animals take care of themselves)
Note: Some children may ask about feral animals. Explain that a fear animal is a domesticated animal that survives in a wild state but is still considered domesticated. Feral animals still depend on humans for food and shelter so they usually live near people.
Have children use the chart on page 5 to compare how wild and domestic animals meet their needs.
- Look at the chart on page 5. Let’s compare the needs of wild animals and domestic animals and how these needs are met.
- How do wild animals get shelter? How do domestic animals get shelter?
- How do wild animals get food? How do domestic animals get food?
- How do wild animals get water? How do domestic animals get water?
- How do wild animals get space? How do domestic animals get space?
Direct children’s attention to the chart they made in Lesson 1. Discuss the placement of each animal on the chart.
- Let’s look at the chart we made in a previous lesson. Did we say an elephant is wild or not wild? Let’s think about how elephants get their needs met. Where do elephants get shelter? Where do elephants get food? How do they get water? Space?
- Is an elephant wild or domesticated? After you have watched the video and read this article, do we need to move the sticky note to another column?
Explore the diagram of a tiger’s special features on page 7.
- Wild animals’ bodies help them survive in the wild. What do the picture and labels on page 7 tell us? (how the parts of a tiger’s body help the tiger survive)
- How does a tiger’s tail help the tiger survive?
- How do a tiger’s padded paws help the tiger survive?
Revisit the target question: Why do wild animals belong in the wild?
- Think about our target question. How would you answer this question?
Lesson Extension: “What a Lion Needs” Drawing
Have children apply what they learned about wild animals’ needs by drawing a picture showing what a lion needs in order to survive. Ask children to draw a lion in the center of their paper. If necessary, reread the chart on page 5 with children. Using leading questions to help them think about and then draw and label what lion needs in order to live.
- What thing do lions need to survive? (food, water, shelter, space)
- Where do lions get their food? Draw a picture that shows what a lion eats. (Guide children to draw other animals that a lion would hunt–for example, buffalo, antelope, etc. Have children label the food source or dictate to you as you write it for them.
- Lions need water to drink. Where do lions get their water? (Guide children to draw a watering hole. Have children level the water source or dictate to you as you write it for them)
- Lions need a place to rest or get out of the hot sun. Where do you think they get shelter? Draw a picture of it. (Guide children to draw tall grass or a tree. Have children lavel the shelter or dictate to you as you write it for them)
- What else do animals need? Show the space where lions live and can roam
- Where does the lion find all of the things you have just drawn?