Leopard Grade 3 to 5 Language Arts

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Why did the author write this article?

•  To explain why leopards eat insects

•  To tell the reader about the leopard

•  To tell the reader about endangered animals

•  To explain why farmers kill leopards

 

Then, look at these two pictures of a leopard at Big Cat Rescue named Sundari.

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Now, answer the questions based on these pictures and the article.

These pictures show the leopard resting in two different positions. Compare and contrast these pictures by telling what you think the leopard is doing in each, and, using the information from the article, explain why.

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Cougar Grade 3 to 5 Language Arts

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In this article, there is a sentence “Sight is its most acute sense with a good sense of hearing”

Acute means

•  Having a sharp point

•  Sensitive

•  Perceptive

•  Of great importance

 

 

Cougars live in the wild

•  ¼ as long as in captivity

•  3 times as long as in captivity

•  2 times as long as in captivity

•  ½ as long as in captivity

 

 

Look at the photo at the beginning of this article. A caption is the writing that goes with a picture to describe what a picture shows. Write a caption for this picture and then a paragraph explaining why you chose your caption.

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Bobcat 3rd Grade Language Arts

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This cat is named the bobcat because:

•  It was discovered by a scientist named Bob

•  It is a common wild cat in the United States

•  It’s tail is short and stands out

•  It’s coat comes in many shades of brown

 

According to the map graphic of the habitat of the bobcat, you probably won’t find bobcats in which of these states?

•  Missouri

•  Florida

•  Indiana

•  New Mexico

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Florida Panther 5th Grade Science

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Florida Panthers are a type of Cougar that live in Florida. Adult Florida Panthers have brown fur and golden eyes. Males are usually bigger than females.

Baby Florida Panthers are called kittens. These cats have 1-3 babies in a litter. Kittens have spots on their fur and have blue eyes. After about 18 months of age the kittens leave their mother. They live alone for most of their lives. This is known as a solitary lifestyle.

Florida Panthers are meat eaters also called carnivores. Their diet includes deer, wild hogs, raccoons, armadillos and alligators. These cats are efficient hunters who can run up to 35 miles per hour briefly. These cats are crepuscular. This means they rest during the day and are most active at dusk and dawn. Panthers are good swimmers, have a keen sense of smell and excellent depth perception.

These cats are found in pinelands, hardwoods hammocks and swamp forests. Living in an area with a lot of plants helps to protect these cats. Plants make it easier to hide; there may be fewer people and more food/prey nearby. Males have a range/area of over 200 square miles. Females have a range/area of over 70-80 square miles. They make other animals aware of their territory by scent marking.

Fewer than 100 of these cats are believed to remain in Florida. They are one of the rarest mammals in the world. These cats have an unusual number of health problems. Humans are the biggest threat to the Florida Panther. Although it is against the law they are shot by hunters. They become accustomed to man-made noises and frequently cross roads. Since they are crepuscular animals, drivers have a hard time seeing them resulting in many being hit by cars. As with many animals a loss of habitat is also impacting their ability to survive.

Plans to try and save the Florida Panther focuses on 3 efforts. First is adding and improving habitat/space for this cat. Second is breeding panthers in captivity that will later be released into the wild. Third is breeding the Florida Panther with other types of cougars that live in other parts of the country. This last effort may also help to improve their health.

FIFTH GRADE:

1. What physical characteristics decrease the Florida Panthers chances of survival?

 

2. What behavioral characteristics decrease the Florida Panthers chances of survival?

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Bobcats 5th Grade Science

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Bobcats have fur that is gray or brown in color. The fur on their belly is white. They have spots and short tails. The short tail is how the bobcat got its name. These cats weigh between 13 and 30 pounds. Males are usually larger than females. As is true with many animals, Northern bobcats are usually larger than Southern bobcats.

Baby bobcats are called kittens. Litters can be as large as 8. However, they usually have 2 to 3 babies in a litter. Their eyes will open at around 6 days of age. After they grow up, they move away from their family and live alone most of the time. As with most cats they are solitary and territorial. Females have completely separate territories. Males may have some overlap to their territories.

Bobcats are meat eaters. Meat eaters are also called carnivores. Their main food is rabbit. Other food includes rodents, beaver, birds, bats and deer. These cats are scavengers who will eat almost anything and are natural born survivors.

These cats live in Canada and the United States. Bobcats live in Florida including Hillsborough County. Habitats include forests, swamps, desert and scrubland.

Bobcats are hunted for their soft, beautiful fur as well as for sport. They also compete with humans for habitat. People bring bobcats to Big Cat Rescue that have been hit by cars or orphaned. Attempts are made to rehabilitate and release those that are healthy enough to be returned to the wild.

FIFTH GRADE:

1.What physical characteristics decrease the Bobcats chances of survival?

 

2.What behavioral characteristic improves the Bobcats chances of survival?

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Leopard Grade 3 to 5 Science

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Leopards can be orange with black spots or brown with black spots. The spots are on the cat’s skin and are unique for each animal just like our human fingerprints. Males are usually larger than females.

Baby leopards are called cubs. They usually have 1-3 babies in a litter. After they grow up, they move away from their family and live alone most of the time.

Leopards are meat eaters. Meat eaters are also called carnivores. Their diet includes small creatures such as beetles, hares and birds. They also eat creatures twice their weight such as antelope, wildebeest and zebra. Leopards pull their prey into a tree where they can return nightly to feast.

These cats are from Africa and Asia. They can adapt to almost any habitat except for large deserts. In order to survive their habitat must provide food, shelter, water and sufficient space. Leopards are hunted by man for sport as well as their fur.

Leopards define their territory by scent marking, feces, and scratch marks. Communication is also through many different sounds. They grunt, growl, hiss and meow. One of the most unusual sounds is a distance call that sounds like sawing wood.

THIRD GRADE:

1. Which of the following do leopards require in their habitat to survive?

 

a. Water
b. Space
c. Food
d. Cover/shelter
e. All of the above

 

 

2. What have humans done to contribute to the decline of the Leopard population?

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