Animals

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History

Learn about cultures that have treated animals as deities.

Teach the various epochs of world history by reviewing a list of extinct species and the causes of their demise.

Use the predator/prey relationship to discuss the dominance of weak nations by more powerful nations.

English

Create a theatrical production where each family member has a supporting role and the family pet has the lead role.

Write short stories about a world without humans, where animals at the top of the food chain rule over those at the lower end.

Keep a daily journal about the eating habits, behavior, and physical activity of a family pet.

Volunteer at a shelter or zoo and write a series of blog posts about the experience. See Blog Writing.

Science

Learn about binomial nomenclature and how animals are formally named.

Discuss anatomy by dissecting a frog, worm, or other animal or insect.

Discuss the theory of evolution and how animals adapt to their environment.

Math

Teach statistics by analyzing the population changes of various animals or their relative population in each part of the world.

Introduce algebra using different animals as variables. See Abstracting Units.

Practice estimating and rounding by quickly counting groups of animals in the wild (or in an online video).

Art and Creativity

Create animal sock puppets. See Making Sock Puppets.

Learn woodworking to build a bird feeder.

Build clay models of favorite animals. See Making Clay Models.

Design an elaborate obstacle course for a family pet.



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