Projects for Individuals and Classes
Plan I - Feline History: Facts & Myths
Many of our "PowerCats" are top predators on
the planet. They are awesome in size and power and have
been highly revered, feared and even worshipped throughout
Tigers to this very day, including all their body parts,
are believed to hold magical medicinal powers particularly
in the Far Eastern cultures. The Romans captured lions
on their way back to Italy to be used in battles with gladiators
and to fight Christians during the arenas of ancient times.
There is much fact mixed with myth in the perception of
our modern day felines and it is important for students
to understand the difference.
Have students explore 3 animal names with distinct cultural
significance. Then have them research the behavior of the
animals they have chosen. Have them explore the history
of the names and report on their perceived appropriateness.
Plan II - If I Were A Feline
Students are introduced to eight subspecies of felines
in our DVD, from the largest such as the Siberian Tiger
to the smaller caracal and lynx feline species. Different
species live in different habitats and have different diets,
social structures, and life styles. Some live a solitary
life and other live in groups. Have each student pick a
species of feline and research its behavior, habitat and
conservation status. When they have completed their research
have students write a story, from the feline's perspective,
about a day in the wild. The story should reflect the information
that each student has learned in research, as well as show
imaginative insight. (Students could also research the
life and behavior of Prey species introduced and write
the story from the their perspective.) Instead of a story,
some students may want to take their research information
and using art supplies, create a diorama of a particular
feline species habitat. They should try to reasonably represent
and label the plants and terrain, and include the felines
and prey in realistic ways.
Plan III: TigerHomes' "Virtual Field Trip"/Eyes
On The "PowerCats"
Let the TigerHomes team take your class on a "Virtual
Field Trip" without ever having to leave the classroom!
Through the eyes of our state-of-the-art animal webcams,
teachers can take the entire class on a world tour of our
planet's most rare and endangered species of animals. TigerHomes
offers top educators a perfect vehicle to give students
an opportunity to explore our natural habitats and document
animal behavioral patterns with the power of their own
Many of the felines featured in
the film reside at the TigerHomes Animal Sanctuary. As
depicted in the film, the
sanctuary has a website where individuals can watch the
animals via cameras in their habitats. Have students pick
one of the feline species to observe in their habitat.
Have them log on to the website www.tigerhomes.org once
each day for a week. Every day they should watch the behaviors
of the felines and keep a log of what they observe in the
habitat. Students may then compile a "Keeper's Diary" on
the selected animal noting typical behavior patterns such
as eating, patrolling, grooming, sleeping, playing etc.
They can also do this in groups with each member of the
group observing the feline(s) at the same time every day.
Example student A watches and logs behavior every day from
2:00p.m. to 2:20, student B then observes and logs from
3:00-3:20, and so on. At the end of the observation period
the students can put their logs together to see a more
comprehensive picture of the selected animal's behavior
patterns and habits. At the end of the research period
students might want to email the keepers at TigerHomes
with any questions that their observations may have raised.
Have fun exploring and enjoy your "Virtual Field Trip"!!
We invite you to come back and visit often for your personal
tour and animal adventure.