Grade: Elementary
Subject: Science

#2196. Domesticated or Non Domesticated

Science, level: Elementary
Posted Tue Mar 27 14:14:17 PST 2001 by Juliana Galiyas (
Indiana University Of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA USA
Materials Required: Pictures or drawings of a Cat, a Goldfish, a Hamster, a Shark, a Bee, and a Bear
Activity Time: 30 minutes
Concepts Taught: A domesticated animal is a household pet.

Lesson 5: Domesticated or Non Domesticated

Juliana Galiyas
April 17, 2001
1st Grade- 19 students
Instruction Time- 30 minutes


The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students two different types of animals: domesticated and non domesticated. This topic is relevant to students because many students may choose to own a pet in their lifetime. Students should be familiar with which animals can be household pets and which animals belong in the wilderness.


TLW identify the difference between a domesticated and a non-domesticated animal.
(OU# 8; cognitive, psychomotor)
PI: Given an animal, students will classify the animal as either a domesticated animal or a non-domesticated animal.


Pictures or drawings of a Cat, a Goldfish, a Hamster, a Shark, a Bee, and a Bear
Index cards with the names of domesticated and non-domesticated animals listed on them.
Stop watch

Carle, Eric. Have you seen my cat?. New York; Scholastic Inc. 1991.


A domesticated animal is a household pet.

A non-domesticated animal is an animal that lives in the wild.


A. Introduction and Motivation

What did we learn about yesterday? Adaptations. What to adaptations do? Help animals escape danger. Who can name one animal adaptation? Movement. Who can name another animal adaptation? An animal's covering. Today we are going to learn about something new and this book should give you a clue. (Show the cover of the book.)

Read the book aloud to the class.

T: Who in this class owns a pet? What kind of pet do you own?
Doesn't anyone have a pet lion? What about a pet tiger? No? Let's learn more about pets today.

B. Lesson Body

Domesticated or Non-domesticated Animals
T: Today we are going to learn about two different kinds of animals. These two animal groups are very different. I am going to give you a list of three animals that belong in one group, and a list of three animals that belong in another group. I want to see if you can figure out the difference.

Place pictures of a cat, goldfish, and a hamster in a group on the left side of the chalkboard. Draw a line down the middle of the chalkboard, and place pictures of a shark, bee, and a bear in a group on the right side of the chalkboard.

Group 1- Cat, Goldfish, and Hamster
Group 2- Shark, Bee, and Bear

T: What name can we give to group one? Pets. What name can we give to group two? Wild Animals. Pets can also be called Domesticated animals. (Write the word domesticated on the chalkboard above the pictures of pets. Can everyone say this with me? Domesticated animals are pets. Wild animals cannot be household pets. Wild animals can also be called non-domesticated animals. (Write the word non-domesticated on the chalkboard above the pictures of wild animals.) Can everyone repeat that with me? Wild animals are called non-domesticated animals.

T: What is a domesticated animal? A pet. Can anyone think of any animals that are domesticated? Dog, cat, hamster, snake. . . Can anyone think of an animal that is not domesticated? Lion, tiger, bear, whale, dolphin. . . Where might we find a non-domesticated animal in our community? In the forest. Can anyone think of a public place where we can go and see non-domesticated animals? The zoo.

T: Why can't we have a bear as a pet? Too big, tear up the house, cannot feed it, dangerous. . . Why do people choose dogs as pets? Small, friendly, easy to take care of inexpensive. . .

C. Closure

T: What is a domesticated animal? A pet. Is a giraffe a domesticated animal? Why or why not? No. . . What is a non-domesticated animal? A wild animal. Can a snake be a domesticated animal? Why or why not? It can be both. Some people have tame snakes as a pet, while other think they are too dangerous. Some snakes are poisonous.

Animal Charades

T: Let's play a game!!! Has anyone ever played charades before? Charades is a game where you act out an action and your classmates try to guess what you are. The rule is that you cannot use any words, but you can use sounds! I will give you a card. The card will have a name of an animal on it. Yu must use your imagination and act out the animal. You may make animal sounds to help your teammate figure out animal you are, but you cannot say words. Your teammates will try to guess what you are. After they guess what animal you are, you must decide whether or not your animal is a domesticated or non-domesticated animal. If you are correct, your team will earn one point. This half of the room will be team A and this half of the room will be team B. We must be quiet when it is the other team's turn, why would we want to do that? We don't want to give them the answers. Team A cannot guess for team B, and team B cannot guess for team A. You may shout out the answers, but we must not yell to loudly because other students are in class. You will have 30 seconds to act out the animal. Would someone like to volunteer to be the timekeeper? Would someone like to keep score? I have a stopwatch that I will show you how to work. Now let's get together with our teams and choose a team name.

T: Who would like to restate the rules for me before we begin? We must not yell. We need to be quiet when the other group is guessing. We can make animal noises, but we cannot say words. After we guess the animal, we must decide if it is domesticated or non-domesticated.

The cards will read as follows:

Dog, cat, snake, giraffe, rabbit, monkey, tiger, lion, bear, human, crab, bird, . . .etc.

Play the game until everyone who wishes to act out an animal has had an opportunity to do so.


A. Student Assessment

1. Assessment Plan

Student's understanding of the concept of domesticated and non-domesticated animals will be informally assessed through teacher observation during oral questioning, class participation in discussion, and their correct answers during the animal charades game.