Basic Animal Terminology



This lesson is designed for entry level basic terminology for pigs, goats, sheep, horses, poultry, and beef. In order for students to understand all of the above animals external anatomy, it is imperative that they know the basic terminology of the animals. The included activity entitled "Animal Signs" is a very fun game that they will LOVE to play. Knowing the proper terms will help students be able to quickly refer to the species while increasing their knowledge in Animal Science. This lesson should lead into the internal parts of all the animals as well as the uses of each of these animals. You can also lead into discussing which animals the students might be able to take to the fair as an SAE project. This should also serve as a foundation lesson for learning the external anatomy of the above animals.

Lesson Time

2 class periods or 1 block period
100 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students identify the basic terms of common livestock animals
  • Students identify the proper gestation length for common livestock animals.

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