Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This is the last in a five-part series exploring animal themes:
Part 1 ~ Animal Classification
Part 2 ~ Animal Habitats
Part 3 ~ Animal Movement
Part 4 ~ Animal Sounds & Calls
Part 5 ~ Animal Groups & Family
This lesson explores different words/names we use to describe groups of animals, as well as ways we identify an animal family.
Herd of Cows! Flock of Sheep! by Rick Walton
Words/Names (Collective Nouns) Used To Describe Some Animal Groups:
We Are Family: When discussing families in the animal kingdom, we can approach it in different ways:
We can examine the family tree of a specific animal. For instance, The Cat (Felidae) Family includes: lion, tiger, leopard, cheetah, panther, jaguar, puma, bobcat, lynx and domesticated cat.
Did You Know?: Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds.
Another way to look at the animal family theme is to discuss names for the father, mother and baby of a specific animal. For instance:
To expand the lesson, you can also discuss ways in which parent animals keep their babies safe or show affection to each other. Recommended books for these themes are:
Fill out this K-W-L chart form about a specific animal group discussed in the lesson. (before-during-after lesson action)
Ask the child to tell or write ways in which animal families are similar and different to human families.
Do you have a favorite animal? Imagine if you were that animal. How would you call out to your parent animal? What could your parent animal do to show you affection?