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A reading lesson for early readers.
 

COWS OR CATTLE?

 

An elementary lesson and reading comprehension printable worksheet on cows and cattle. The story is appropriate for individual or guided reading.  Use this lesson to help build reading skills and reading readiness.  Also good for general reading practice.

 

Objectives:

  • Students will be able to state some of the traits and characteristics of cattle.
  • Students will know the difference between cows and cattle.
  • Students will infer a connection between animals and themselves.

Suggested Grades - Reading Level:

1st Grade - 2nd Grade - Special Education

 

 

 

 

COW FARM ANIMAL LESSON PLAN

Directions:

  1. Read lesson or have students read it silently.
  2. Have students answer the questions on the worksheet.
  3. Discuss answers to questions.

 

Text from the story:

Do you know the difference between cows and cattle? All cows are cattle, but not all cattle are cows! Cows are female cattle that are at least 2 ½ years old or have had babies. Heifers and bulls are also cattle. Heifers are younger female cattle that have not had babies yet. Bulls are male cattle.

Cattle spend a lot of time eating and chewing. They eat for six hours each day, and chew their partly digested food (called cud) for another eight hours each day! Have you ever seen cattle in a zoo or on a farm? If you think about it, you can probably remember them chewing! Cattle eat 100 pounds of food each day and drink about 30 gallons of water!

You might also have noticed that cattle often swish their long tails. Like dogs and cats, cattle's tails can be clues to what kind of mood they are in. If their tails are straight down, they are probably very relaxed, but if their tails are tucked between their legs, they may not be feeling very well. A tail held straight out usually means the animal is in a playful mood. Cattle also use their tales to keep flies away. Sometimes, they stand in a row and use their tails to chase flies away from the animal next to them.
 

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READING PRINTABLES

Cows or Cattle?

Printable reading worksheet for this lesson.

Includes reading passage, and comprehension questions activity exercise.

 

 

 

 

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