Lesson Plan Industry Sector
Agriculture & Natural Resources

Lesson Plan Originally Created By: Anna Bates

Alternative Uses of Livestock Animals

Part of Unit: Animals: Their importance, Domestication, and Role

Lesson Plan Overview / Details

This is an overview lesson of the use of animals such as bison, ostrich, emus, kiwis, cassowary, llamas, alpacas and elk. It will briefly tell the difference between animals such as bison and buffalo, and llamas and alpacas. Each animal listed will have a brief descriptions of its uses and importance. There is a short video clip from Dirty Jobs when Mike Rowe goes to work at an Ostrich Farm.

Lesson Time


Objectives and Goals

  • Students are to identify a list of alternative animals used in today's agricultural field.
  • Students are to list the major uses of animals such as bison, llamas, emus, and ostriches.

Activities in this Lesson

  • Resources and Materials

  • Intro / Hook Hooks / Set

    Write the following words on the board or have them projected on your screen: Painted skulls, leather drum covers, jerky, jewelry, artwork, oils, clothing, feather head dresses, burgers, sausage, velvet, eggs.   You could also collect pictures of the above and post them up around the room and point to them.

    As a warm up, as students sit down and settle in to class, write this question : "What do all the above words have in common?"  and "Where do we get these things?"

    Students will give a lot of answers that include traditional livestock animals. Some might suggest deer and common animals that get 'hunted'.  Write their answers on the board.  Get to the conclusion that all of the words above come from 'different' animals that are used for agricultural purposes. Some of them you might not have ever heard of.

    Next: Put up on the boar or overhead the following animal names. Bison, Llama, Alpaca, Ostrich, Emu, Cassowary, Kiwi, Elk,  & Rhea. Ask them to try to match one of these animals to the above listed products.  Let them know that they are going to learn about them all and that it is okay if they do not know what some of them are. Have them take a guess. Also inform them that some of them are used more than once. Below is a key to help you:

    1. Bison: Painted Skulls, leather products, jerky, burgers, sausage.

    2. Llama: Protection of other livestock (sheep), meat, pack animals

    3. Alpaca: major wool producers

    4. Ostrich: Eggs, meat

    5. Emu: Eggs, meat

    6. Cassowary: Eggs and brightly colored feathers

    7. Kiwi: feathers, eggs

    8. Elk: meat, velvet, burgers, jerky

    9. Rhea: Eggs, meat

    After giving them a few minutes to try to match these up, pass out the Guided Notes 1 and 2 (can be made as a double sided handout). Do Power Point Presentation.  At the very end there are directions for a BROCHURE ASSIGNMENT to be done in class or as a homework assignment depending on your time frame. Also, show them the video uploaded from Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe when he goes to an Ostrich Farm. It is one of the best!

  • This power point includes a guided notes sheet for students to follow along with and to fill in the blanks of major facts and information. Note: Not every slide is included on the guided notes.

    Resources and Materials

    • Alternative Uses of Animals [ Download ] This is the power point presentation that goes along with this lesson.
    • Guided Notes Page 1 [ Download ]
    • Guided Notes Page 2 [ Download ]


Assessment Types:
Writing Samples,

Students will make a brochure about their assigned animal and information about it. At the conclusion of this unit they should be tested on their general knowledge of the information included.