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Opposable Thumbs

Students identify animals with opposable thumbs, and throw balls with and without the use of their thumbs to appreciate how helpful opposable thumbs can be. Students then discuss different foot and paw adaptations and create an animal track of their own with plaster of paris.

Cross Disciplinary Concepts: The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).

Vocabulary: adaptation, survive, needs, protect, mimic

Science Standards This Program Meets

1-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes

  • Grade: 1st Grade
  • Discipline: Life Science
Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
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About The Cougar Fund

The Cougar Fund is a non-profit organization based in Jackson, WY, working to increase knowledge and tolerance of large carnivores through education and outreach. Although our work is focused on wildlife, we believe that all aspects of a healthy environment and habitat are essential for their survival, and therefore offer a wide variety of programs on various ecological subjects.            

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Who We offer hands on programs and activities to children of any age, in groups of 5- 25 students.
What The Cougar Fund engages students in wildlife and habitat focused games and activities.
When We are available year round.
Where Different activities will be suitable to different locations, including outdoors, classrooms, large indoor spaces (like the gym). We can tailor the program to the space you have.
Why At The Cougar Fund we aim to put the WOW into WILDLIFE! Children are inherently attracted to animals and we take advantage of that curiosity by teaching them all about their environment and habitat using hands-on activities and games. By learning to love wildlife, we hope that in the future those same children will want to protect and preserve them, as well as the sensitive places that wildlife call home.