Zoology & Botany


Prepare a picture of/book about/a toy sheep in advance, as well as a sample of wool

Say: Look at this animal. (Show a picture of a sheep.) This is a mammal.

Remember, to be classified as a mammal, an animal should have hair or fur, mammary glands (mammal mothers nurse their young with milk), lungs and need air to breathe. Mammals that live on land are warm blooded, have 4 legs and ears that stick out.

The body of a sheep is covered with special type of fur called wool. It is very fine and soft. Touch it! Feel it with your hands! Wool lies beneath the longer hair. Wool protects the body of a sheep from cold temperatures and winds. Remember that all animals move. Sheep have 4 legs to walk and run. All legs have hooves to protect their feet from scratching and rubbing against the rough surfaces they walk on. Sheep produce special sounds called bleating. Let’s walk and bleat like a sheep!

Go back to the picture of the sheep. Say: let’s find sheep’s body parts. This is its head, eyes, nose, mouth, body, legs: 1,2,3,4; this is its tail. It is short and fluffy. This sheep is (color). In colder places this animal may have white wool, and in the desert the wool may be orange-brownish, this camouflages the sheep and hides from the eyes of predators.

Sheep are living things and need energy to survive. They like to eat fine grass and vegetables and fruits. They can also consider having shrubs for lunch. Because they eat only grass-like food, they are called herbivorous. Sheep consumes no animal-based food. Sheep is a domesticated animal. People keep them to produce wool, milk and meat. They keep the animals in warm barns and take to pastures during summer. When it is cold, sheep it hey – a dry grass that people prepare for them.

Sheep usually have 1 baby lamb. Mommies-sheep are known to be very loving, protective and caring creatures. They can recognize their babies by voice.

Sheep are ruminants, it means they chew a cud and have 4 chambered stomach (just like cows!)

Sheep have a very sharp memory and remember faces for many years. They also like to communicate a lot and mostly do it with their ears! If sometimes an animal gets ill, it knows what kind of herbs to eat in order to be healed. We need to take care of Sheep and treat them with respect because they are living things just like us, people.

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