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Learn all about the humble cow with this Cattle Lapbook. Lessons include classification, anatomy, life cycle, diet, and more!
Thanks to Cindi Fry and Wende for collaborating to create this Cattle Lapbook.
Cattle Lapbook Lessons
Here are some sample lessons from the Cattle Lapbook:
Cattle go by many names depending on the gender and age:
- Calf – young cattle
- Heifer – female cattle until they give birth
- Cow – female cattle after giving birth
- Bulls – male cattle of any age
- Steer – castrated male cattle raised for beef
- Oxen – large, heavy castrated male cattle raised as draft animals
- Herd – a group of cattle, most animals naturally follow the smartest and strongest members of their herd
History of Cattle
Cattle have been domesticated throughout history and originated from Europe, Asia and Africa. Cattle were not native to the Americas, but were in fact brought to the Americas from Europe by Christopher Columbus in 1493. The first cattle in the United States were the Texas longhorns from Mexico. In the 1600s the Pilgrims from Great Britain brought more cattle here. By colonial times, draft oxen were valued quite highly in America.
Cows: Digestive System
Cattle are ruminants, meaning they chew their cud. They have a huge four-chambered stomach. When they eat, the food passes down the esophagus to the rumen where it is broken down and formed into small balls of cud. As it desires, the cattle will return the cud back to its mouth, where it will be chewed up some more to further break up the fibers. It will then re-swallow the food, where it will go through the rumen, on to the reticulum, then to the omasum, and finally to the abomasums, the true stomach. In the abomasums, enzymes are secreted and normal digestion takes place. All their chewing also produces a lot of saliva.
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Cattle Lapbook Photos
Here are some sample lapbook photos for the Cattle Lapbook.
Cattle Lapbook Printables
In addition to the research lessons, the file includes these mini-books for your student to create a Cattle Lapbook:
- Who’s Who? (in the cow family) Flap Book
- Cattle Products and Uses
- “Pretty Cow” Poem for Copywork
- Pasture vs. Feedlot Compare and Contrast Matchbook
- The Facts About Milk Tab Book
- Leather Accordion Fold
- Did You Know? Pull-tab Books
- Stomach of a Cow Flap Book
- Cow Life Cycle Circle Book
- Cow Classification Layer Book
- Cow Anatomy Mini-book
- Cattle Vocabulary Mini-book
- Ear Tags Matchbook
- Bullfighting Matchbook
- Oxen Matchbook
- Bull Riding Matchbook
- Cattle Breeds Layer Book
- Book Log
- Moo’vin Through the Bible Clipboards
- And more!
How to Get Started with Your Cattle Lapbook
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Cattle Lapbook.
- If you want, go to your local library and check out books about cows, cowgirls, and cowboys.
- Print the Cattle Lapbook.
- Choose and prepare the mini-books you want to use with your student.
- Enjoy a week of reading and learning all about cows.