Activity Industry Sector
Agriculture & Natural Resources

Activity Originally Created By: Anna Bates

Intro / Hook

Part of Lesson Plan: Alternative Uses of Livestock Animals

Activity Overview / Details

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!