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Lesson Plan VI - To Catch A Lion - Free Photo Contest

To Catch A Lion - Free Photo Contest
Web Cam Snapshot - TigerHomes Viewer Gallery Photo #35

The above lion picture was taken free via the web, from camera #1, in the African Lion habitat at the Tiger Homes Sanctuary. Better free photos / pictures may be taken but, regardless of quality, the method is the same and not difficult.

1. Go to the web site www.tigerhomes.org and click on the link at the top "Cams".
2. Pick a cat species and proceed to that area of the website.
3. Choose one of the cameras in the habitat and click on it.
4. Watch until an appealing or meaningful image appears.
5. Click the camera icon below the image "Snapshot".
6. A popup window should appear with your captured image.
7. Right Click the captured image and choose "Save As" to your desktop or "My Pictures" folder. Saved pictures may be uploaded to the TigerHomes' Viewer Gallery.
8. Print the image to share with your Classmates or insert into a document.

Have a class "Power Cat" photo contest. Explain the photograph capturing method to each participant. Have students print their photos and display them in class. Have the class determine the best images and put up a permanent display. Students may want to enter their snapshot "catches" into the TigerHomes.Org's Viewer Gallery. Many categories can be represented: best behavior, most artistic, funniest, etc.

Students can also capture numerous images and create a photographic essay, or use the photographs to illustrate behavioral observations. Students may enjoy making a class or group poster with pictures by habitat or by animal for presentation to the class etc.

Model Behavior

"Power Cats" come in a wide range of sizes and colors… and live in a broad range of habitats. Have students pick a species of cat and make a scale model of the animal. Students can use clay, paper mache, wood, plaster or any other appropriate material. The model should be as close to realistic as possible. Websites, including material and animal pictures within this curriculum, may be used for reference. These resources and other written and pictorial references will provide detailed descriptions to aid the students in creating an accurate model. Since these cats are so large, smaller scale models are recommended.

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