Large Cats

Preschoolers Investigate

Starting the project phase one

To begin our Large Cat project we first had to come up with something we were excited to learn about. Some of our friends have house cats and others have really enjoyed watching large cats at the zoo. We first came up with a list of facts we knew about lions and questions we wanted to answer. From our previous experience with our circus project we knew we would have to research the lion to answer our questions. We began to find information on the lion and decided that we would each like to learn more about a large cat on our own. So next we chose from a list of large cats which one we would like to investigate more.

Exploring What We Know

Pets in the classroom

We started off with the basics of what we could closely relate to. Most of us have seen, lived with, or been around house cats so we began to find out some information about them as we were able to explore and play with them in a center. We took turns walking the cats, feeding them, giving them medicine, cuddling with them, putting them to sleep, and playing with other animals like dogs. Through this experience we were also able to talk about our own pets or if we didn't have pets what we would choose and why. Our pet graph was a great learning experience to help us figure out how to count, what our numbers looked like, what our colors are, and which had the most and least out of our groupings.

Facts about Lions

Here is what we knew about lions
- Girl and boy lions are different
- Boy lions have manes
- Boy lions are bigger
- Baby lions are called cubs
- A pride is a group of 5 or more lions
- Girl lions are called lionesses

Questions about Lions

As we explored our own pet we also became able to answer some of our questions about Lions.
Here is what we wanted to know
- Where do lions live?
- Do lions run fast?
- What do lions eat?
-What do lions drink?
- Are lions nice?
- How can lions climb trees?
- How many babies do lions have?
- Can lions be pets?
- Do boy lions have a name like girl lions?
- Do baby lions have spots?

Our Findings

Here is what we learned about lions
- Lions live in Africa in the Sahara, even though they are called the "King of the Jungle" lions do not live there
- Lions do run fast up to 30-35 mph, but they are not the fastest cat
- Lions eat meat lots of meat
- Lions drink water
- Lions are not typically nice to humans in the wild, but others have been trained and are in captivity
- Lions have anywhere between 1 to 4 cubs
- Lions can be trained and are not typically kept as pets they are normally found in the wild or in captivity
-Boy Lions are just called Lions
- Baby lions do not have spots
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We read lots of books to gain information about lions. We also used the computers.

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Research Phase 2

Questions and Answers

These are the questions they came up with to learn more about their large cat. They slowly did research on these questions over the course of our project. These are their questions and answers in their own words.

Logan- Jaguar

How fast can they run? 30 mph
How long are they? 7ft Long
Where do they live? Mexico, Central American, Brazil's rainforest, and South America
Do I live by one? No
What do they eat? Large Animals
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Logan Hild

Age: 5 years old

Favorite Color: Blue

Brothers/Sisters: I have one sister and one dog named Nella

Favorite Animal: Gorillas and monkeys

Favorite food: Broccoli

Favorite Clothes: My cross 5K shirt

Vacation Spot: The pumpkin patch

Favorite Number: 5

Lilly- Serval

Where do they sleep? In the grasslands with other Serval's
What do they eat? Frogs and rabbits
How do they sleep? With their eyes closed and curled up into a ball
Do they roar or purr? Purr
Where do they live? Africa
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Lilly Dawn Eastep

Age: 5

Favorite Color: Pink

Brothers/ Sisters: 1 sister Darcy

Favorite Animal: Zebra

Favorite Food: Apples

Favorite Clothes: Dresses

Vacation Spot: Texas

Favorite Number: 6

Ava- Cougar

How many babies do they have? 1- 6
Can they jump? Yes, they can jump over a school bus
If they do how do they jump? Crunch down and push off back legs
How big are their paws? They have large paws
How do they sit? They sit on their hind legs
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Ava Daneff

Age: 5

Favorite Color: Pink and purple

Brothers/ Sisters: 2 brothers Jake Joseph

Favorite Animal: Zebra

Favorite Food: Meat

Favorite Clothes: Dress that is pink

Vacation Spot: Cancun

Favorite Number: B

Ellie- Black Panther

What do they eat? They are meat eaters and they eat rabbits and birds
How many babies do they have? 2-6
Where do they live? In the mountains and forest
How fast can they run? 50 mph for up to 160 yards
Where do they sleep? They sleep in the open with their mother
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Ellie Hirtz

Age: 5 years old

Favorite Color: Purple

Brothers/Sisters: One sister named Molly

Favorite Animal: Horse

Favorite Food: Apple

Favorite Clothes: Tank tops and shorts

Vacation Spot: Going to the lake

Favorite number: 10

Ayla- House Cat

How fast can they run? 30 mph
How high can they jump? As 10- 12 ft high
How many babies do they have? 1 to 12 kittens
DO they live inside or outside? They live inside
What do they eat/hunt? Fish, dry cat food, and catch mice
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Ayla Sell

Age: 4

Brothers/ Sisters: 1 sister Ashlyn

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Animal: Cheetah

Favorite Food: Chicken

Favorite Clothes: Shoes

Vacation Spot: Winter

Favorite Number: 7

Adam- Caracal

Do they roar or purr? purr
How fast do they run? 62 mph
Do they walk slow? Yes they stalk their prey
What do they hunt? Birds
How do they hunt? They leap into the air to hunt and catch their prey
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Adam Whitbeck

Age: 4

Brothers/Sisters: Baby sister Lillian Jean, Brother Alex

Favorite Animal: Cheetah or snow leopard

Favorite Food: Chicken

Favorite Clothes: Long sleeve shirts

Vacation Spot: Gymnastics

Favorite Number: 80 hundred

Daniel- Leopard

How do they play? Big ones don't play but the babies wrestle around
What do they fight? Hyena's, Lion's, and one another
What do babies do? They leave home when they are 2 years old
How big do they get height, weight, length? 31 inches tall, around 220 lbs , and 6ft long
What do they eat? Monkey's and Baboons
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About the Author

Name: Daniel Connor

Age: 5 years old

Favorite Color: Red

Brothers/Sisters: brother Tommy, sister Maggy, sister Molly, sister Natalie

Favorite Animal: Black panther

Favorite Food: Banana

Favorite Clothes: My green racecar shirt

Vacation spot: Europe

Favorite number: 7

Sayer- Lion

Why do they roar loud? They roar loud to protect and claim their territory
What do they eat? Lots of meat Antelope
Where do they live? Africa and parts of Asia
How do they eat? They use their sharp teeth, strong jaws, and claws
Do they swim? Yes
Why do lions have manes? To protect their necks
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Sayer Rhodes

Age: 4 years old

Favorite Color: Blue

Brothers/Sisters: I have 3 dogs named, Joe, Arthur and Daisy

Favorite Animal: Lions and monkeys

Favorite Food: Noodles

Favorite Clothes: My dinosaur shirt

Vacation Spot: To the mountains

Favorite Number: 4

Hayley- Puma

Do they have sharp teeth? yes
Do they swim? Mountain lions are good swimmers, but they’d rather not get in the water because they don’t seem to like being wet.
How fast do they run? 30 mph
How big do they get? 9 ft long
Where do they live? North, Central, and South America

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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Hayley Rose

Age: 4 and ½

Color: Pink

Brothers/ Sisters: No

Favorite Animal: A horsey

Favorite Food: Green beans

Favorite Clothes: My sparkly horsey shirt

Vacation Spot: Movie theaters

Favorite Number: 20

William- Cheetah

Do they have sharp teeth? Yes
Do they bite people? Yes
How fast do they run? 70-75 mph
Where do they live? In the wild and zoo's
What do they hunt? gazelles
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: William Goose

Age: 4

Brothers/ Sisters: 4 Jackson, Shawnee, Hannah, Elizabeth

Favorite Animal: Lion

Favorite Food: Marshmallow cereal

Favorite Clothes: Blue shirt

Vacation Spot: A hotel

Favorite Number: 5

Alyssa- Snow Leopard

How do they walk in the snow? They walk slowly
Can they run fast? Yes
How fast can they run? 40-50 mph
Where do they live? Central Asia
What do they eat? Blue sheep & Ibex

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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Alyssa Estanich

Age: 5 years old

Favorite Colors: Purple and pink

Brothers/Sisters: I have one sister, Allison

Favorite Animal: Cats, elephants, snow leopards, and dogs

Favorite Food: Mac-n-cheese, and candy

Favorite Clothes: Hello Kitty, and butterflies

Vacation Spot: Cancun, Mexico

Favorite Number: 5

Jordan- Siberian Lynx

How do they use their ears? To hunt
What do they eat? Rodents
What do they drink? Water
Where do they live? South Asia and East Asia
Could you pet them? No
Are they nice? No
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Jordan Macan

Age: 4

Color: Pink

Brothers/ Sisters: 1 brother Jacob

Favorite Animal: Lion

Favorite Food: Teddy Bears (aka teddy grahams)

Favorite Clothes: A horsey costume

Vacation Spot: The zoo

Favorite Number: Z

Derek- White Tiger

Where do they live? Eastern Asia in the grassland
How big is it's head? Very large
Why do they have whiskers? They use to feel their surroundings as a vibrating sense
Why are they white? They are white due to in breading it happens more in captivity and is very rare in the wild
What kind of meat do they eat? pigs, antelopes, deer
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Derek Boeshart

Age: 4

Brothers/Sisters: 1 brother named reed he’s 7

Favorite Animal: White tiger

Favorite Food: Cereal

Favorite Clothes: Mizzou

Vacation Spot: Waterslides hotel

Favorite Number: 4

Nicolette- African Wildcat

How fast can it run? 30 mph
What do they eat? Mice, deer
What does it drink? Fresh water from a stream
How long are their tails? 22-33 cm
How big will they get? Body length is 47-66 cm, Weight 8-11 lbs
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Nicolette King

Age: 5 years old

Favorite color: Blue

Brothers/Sisters: No

Favorite animal: Cat

Favorite food: Fries

Favorite Clothes: Tank tops, shorts and sandals

Vacation spot: Disney World

Favorite number: 10

Christian- Lynx

Could you pet it? No
What does it hunt? Mice, Squirrel, birds ,and hares
Where does it live? Europe, Asia, & Canada
How big are their legs and paws? 28 Inches for leg length, and Large paws
How fast is it? 29 mph
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Christian Tapia

Age: 3

Favorite Color: Red

Brothers/ Sisters: 1 brother Alec

Favorite Food: Sausage

Favorite Animal: Dogs

Favorite Clothes: Shoes

Vacation Spot: Store

Favorite Number: 6

Morgan- Bengal Tiger

How fast can they run? 35mph
How tall are they? 10 ft Long
What do they eat? Deer & Elk
What do they drink? Water & mom's milk
Where do they live? Asia
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Morgan Elaine Brick

Age: 4

Brothers/Sisters: 1 brother Jacob

Favorite Animal: Zebra

Favorite Food: Mac and cheese

Favorite Clothes: Dress

Vacation Spot: The beach

Favorite Number: 90

Brook- Bobcat

Where does it live? North America
What do they eat? Deer, Moose, Rabbits
Do they have babies? Yes
How many babies? 1-2
How do they teach the babes to hunt? The babies watch their mom to learn
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Brooklyn Meese

Age: 4 years old

Favorite Colors: Green and purple

Brothers/Sisters: I have two sisters named Kate and baby Morgan and a lab named Rose

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Food: Mac-n-cheese

Vacation Spot: Going to the farm house and lake house

Favorite Number: 5

Favorite Clothes: I have butterflies on them

Angela- Ocelot

Do they have babies? Yes
Do their moms lay eggs? No
Do babies like their moms? Yes
What do they eat? Birds, Rabbits, small rodents
Where do they live? Rain forest
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Final Picture (colored pencils) Habitat

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About the Author

Name: Angela Villamayor

Age: 4

Favorite Color: Pink and purple

Brothers/ Sisters: 1 brother Aaron

Favorite Animal: Zebra

Favorite Food: Carrots

Favorite Clothes: my pink one that has a heart

Vacation Spot: Disney

Favorite Number: 1

Conducting Research with Ms. Hild's 2nd grade and Mrs. Hirtz's 3rd grade classes

Collecting Data

As a class we decided we would like to take a survey and find out what the older students thought of large cats. We took in clip boards with out paper to record our findings. The children made tally marks for each student next to the cat they liked the most. When we were finished with our tallies we counted them and then wrote the number for each next to our picture. This was helpful when we came back to make our graphs.

Data Sheets

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Data Sheets

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Working with graphs

We were able to refresh what we had talked about with out pets and use bar graphs with to help us show our findings with our large cats. We did a lot of counting and measuring to help complete our graph. We first did the large graph as a whole class and then we broke into small groups and worked on our paper graph to hang up by our data we collected. We talked about how graphs are important and can share a lot of information with others. We then began work on a pie graph as well to show as a whole how much cat as a whole took up. After we had graphed our findings we were able to tell how many votes each cat had and which one had the most votes in each class and which had the least. We were also able to tell by using our pie graph which cat had the most votes over all and the least votes.

Bar Graph

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Pie Graph

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Where do our large cats live

Mapping It

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Habitat Drawings

After we found where our large cats lived we drew pictures of their habitats. We had a large variety of where our cats lived and we learned that a lot of large cats do not live in the US. It was interesting to find out that the animals we see in the zoo have to come from other countries clear around the world. Drawing our habitat really helped us to understand the environment in which our cats live and how other countries can be so different from our own.
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Putting it all Together

Our sculptures are a combination of everything the children have learned throughout the project. When creating their cat they were able to go through supplies in the storage room and pull out materials they felt appropriate to display their cats unique features. The children used several types of media when creating their sculptures and constructed their cat they way they view them.

Sculptures

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Celebration and Sharing our Learning Experience Phase 3

Computer Lab Experience

We were able to visit the computer lab in the school to type up information about ourselves. The children shared with us what they wanted to type up in their biography's which are located next to each child's section of the magazine. We decided this would be a fun way for everyone to get to know the author's and see how amazing our preschool class of 3-5 year olds are.
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The Magazine was born

At the beginning of our project Ms. Kelly brought in a Missouri Conservation magazine with a Cougar on it. We were able to look at the magazine as a group and then placed it in our math and science center for us to further explore. The children had many questions about the magazine and why it was made the way it was. As we further discussed the differences between magazines, books, and paper we came up with the idea it would be fun to make our very own. We have taken lots of pictures and written lots of documentation to be able to share our full learning experience with our parents, family, and friends. A copy of our magazine will be kept in our classroom and displayed for all to look at and share our experience.