Tigers

Tigers are endangered animals.  Wild tigers in Asia, their natural habitat, may soon disappear.  A tiger is the largest cat in the world.  Write a book report or story about tigers.

Printable pieces to make a book cover or report cover about tigers.

Use this Tiger Cover set to make a cover for your report or book.

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 First print the cover.  We printed onto orange paper, but you can also print onto white and have your kids color the whole tiger.  Then color.

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Cut out the pieces.  Fold a piece of orange paper or card stock in half and add a few tiger stripes to the cover.

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 Glue the head and feet of the tiger to the cover.  Then add pages inside and write your report or story about tigers.

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Fabulous Facts About Tigers

  • Tigers keep their claws sharp by pulling them into a protective sheath (they are retractable)
  • No tigers have identical stripes.  Most have more than 100 stripes on them.
  • A group of tigers is called a streak.
  • The roar of a tiger can be heard more than a mile away. Tigers, lions, leopards, and jaguars are the only 4 cats that can roar, but they can’t purr.
  • A tiger can run really fast, but only for a short distance–about 80 feet.
  • A tiger can leap up to 10 feet high.
  • A tiger walks on its toes.
  • They live to be about 15 years old.
  • Tigers are carnivores, but then again, so are kittens.
  • Tiger cubs are born blind, weigh only about 2 pounds at birth, and nurse for 6 months.
  • Tigers hunt by sight and hearing, not by smell.  They succeed in catching their prey only about 1 out of 20 times they hunt.  They eat about 50-70 pounds of meat in a meal, but they can go about a week between meals.

Tiger, Public Domain

Explorations

  • Go outside and measure out 80 feet, the distance a tiger can run quickly, and have a foot race from one end to the other.  You could make it into a game by having one person be the tiger and the others trying to escape by running away from the tiger beyond the 80 foot mark.  (I wouldn’t try to outrun a tiger in real life though!)
  • Learn this limerick:

There once was a lady from Niger
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
They came back from the ride
With the lady inside
And the smile on the face of the tiger.

  • Go visit DLTK Kids for some fun tiger crafts.
  • Write an acrostic poem using the letters to spell out TIGER.
  • Learn how to draw a tiger in 6 simple steps at this site.

Additional Layers

  • The tiger is the national animal of India.  Find out more about India.
  • The word “tiger” comes from tigris (Greek word), which we believe means arrow.  This refers to the quickness of a tiger.  The Tigris River was named for the same Greek word.
  • A tiger’s stripes provide camouflage for the big cat.  What other animals use camouflage?
  • White tigers are bred often for zoos because of their popularity, but they aren’t often naturally found in the wild.  Find out whether the life expectancy of a tiger is longer in a zoo or in the wild.
  • Zoos used to be mostly for the entertainment of people who came to see exotic animals.  They are still used for that purpose, but their role has expanded into conservation and research  as well.  If there is a zoo near you look up their website and see what educational activities and classes they are offering for kids.  You might also check to see if they have volunteer opportunities for your teen.
  • Look at this amazing picture of a tiger hunt.  The hunters rode on elephants.  It was a widely recognized sport back in the day.  This drawing was done in 1808.  What would it have been like to be there?

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