By Tatiana Tomljanovic & Megan Cuthbert
Published by Av2 by Weigl, 2015
Grade level: 3&up
Lexile: 800L

Suggested Delivery:

  • Read aloud & Small group


  • This nonfiction book tells the reader everything they need to know about Cougars! From the history of cougars, where they live, their physical features, what they eat, life cycle, conservation acts to protect cougars, and myths and legends about this amazing animal!

Key words:

  • Majestic
  • Ferocious
  • Knowledgeable
  • Shocking
  • Feline


  1. Mammals: warm-blooded, live-born animals that have fur or hair, and drink milk from their mother.
  2. Prey: An animal that is hunted.
  3. Habitat: The environment in which an animal lives.
  4. Species: Animals or plants that share certain features and can breed together.
  5. Predator: An animal that hunts other animals for food.
  6. Extinction: no longer living any place on Earth.
  7. Adaptation: Adjustments to the natural environment.


  • The book provides an online resource that is all about cougars! There are audio recordings of the book, informational video clips, additional links, activities, key words, quizzes, and a slide show! This is a great resource for the teacher to get activities from and for students to interact with! You can find the link here! Just enter the code X608762!
  • The International Society for Endangered Cats has a website that teachers and students can go on to learn more about this animal and how endangered they are! This website also has an array of facts on cougars and what to do if you were ever to run into one! You can find the website here!

Teaching Suggestions

  • Before reading: Have a guest speaker from a zoo or a science center come in and speak about Cougars. Have the guest speaker show pictures or videos, and talking about if they had any real life encounters with the animal. If the school has a field trip to a zoo or science center, plan the unit around that trip in order to get the students excited!
  • During Reading: Have students practice the jigsaw reading strategy while reading the book. Students could be broken up into the different headings that are illustrated in the book. For example there could be a group that researches more about cougar history and a group that researches more about where cougars live. These groups will use the book and will research information. Once they feel like they have mastered the information the two groups will come together and share what they learned.
  • After Reading: Students will participate in a popcorn review after reading the book and learning more about the different headings within the book. Students will be required to explain what they learned from listening to the other groups in order for the teacher to assess comprehension.

Writing Activity:

  • Students will have to write one to two paragraphs responding to the prompt: “Based off of what you read, and what you learned from your classmates, what would a day in the life of a cougar be like? Make sure to refer to the text to strengthen your writing.”


Tomljanovic, T., & Cuthbert, M. (n.d.). Cougar.

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