Build a food
pyramid, with the jaguar at the top!
This activity is designed to be a noisy and fun experience
in which students exercise their motor skills while
they also discover that consequences arise from every
action. They should have the opportunity to realize
that sometimes change is inevitable, but that making
careful choices can allow systems to change and adapt
in order to survive.
1) Establish the concept of a food pyramid, with non-living
components at the base, Producers, Consumers and Decomposers
building the trophic levels leading to a predator at
the apex of the pyramid.
2) Discover the interdependence of each community member
on every other.
3) Develop motor skills.
Home Is Not Just a House
activity is adapted from an idea in the Project
WILD elementary manual.
Use imagination, your immediate surroundings and
photographs of nature to learn the habitat concept.
Every living animal requires habitat. Simply defined,
a habitat equals food, water, shelter and space
in the proper arrangement. Humans, no less than
wildlife, require the habitat essentials; and like
other species we seek a comfortable, resource-rich
space to meet our requirements. Identifying that
we share similar needs with wildlife helps establish
the idea that the wise use of resources benefits
us directly and indirectly.
1) Identify and classify food, water, shelter and
space as the four components of habitat. (Food,
water and shelter are fairly self-explanatory. For
this activity, space is the home range of the animal
in which it can acquire the other three components.)
2) Identify and visualize the four habitat components
in the students’ own lives.
3) Identify the four habitat components for jaguars
in a forest.
Is Not Just a House
cards and photographs guide you toward learning
how to distinguish predator from prey.
1) Learn to distinguish predator and prey species
by observing eye placement on the head and the adaptations
of their legs and feet.
2) Learn to distinguish a jaguar from a lion, tiger
or cheetah by comparing their coat patterns.