Tigers are beautiful and dangerous, and readily capture the imagination. Enjoy a study of tigers with an easy room set up and plenty of cross-curricular connections.
Get some basic information, videos, and a map of where tigers can be found in the wild at National Geographic’s tiger page. You can also find a tiger e-card here. Send one to each student to whet their appetites for the tiger unit, or have students send them to their parents — it’s a great first lesson on using online forms, a basic introduction to the use of the keyboard and mouse, or practice for your youngest students in spelling their names and learning their and their parents’ email addresses.
Tigers are a common mascot for schools and for sports team, so it’s easy to find images of tigers for bulletin boards.
Use orange or black background paper for your bulletin board, and a suitable motto:
- “Our Class is GRRRREAT!”
- “We’re Tigers for Math!”
Add some leafy plants, real or paper, to simulate a jungle for your tigers.
Read about some literary tigers:
- Keith Baker’s Who Is the Beast is a great picture book for young students, and you can add philosophical questions for older elementary or even secondary level students. Discuss responses to people different from ourselves.
- William Blake’s "The Tyger" and beautifully read on YouTube.
- "Tiger! Tiger!" by Rudyard Kipling
- “The Lady and the Tiger” by Frank Stockton
- And of course the 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
Online lesson plans:
- Tiger Timeline of Indian History shows how tigers are interwoven into the history of India, while giving kids opportunities to practice skills with chronological thinking.
- Crayola’s tiger mask art lesson uses Model Magic to make a realistic tiger mask. Use the masks to retell folk tales about tigers.
- Lesson plans for “The Lambikin” include tigers, and links to tiger lessons.
- The Toymaker’s Tiger Races toy is great for following directions.
- “Taming the Paper Tiger: a Unit on Paper and the Environment” uses the folktale “The Tiger’s Whisker” and includes a printable coloring sheet. This free download lesson was written by Rebecca Haden and illustrated by Jay Jaro, just like the FreshPlans ebooks.