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Where Are the Farm Animals Going?



Where Are the Farm Animals Going?
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.18

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     challenging words:    biodiversity, canker, diversity, domestic, billion, resistance, outbreak, relatively, genetic, commercial, meaning, affected, focus, caption, conserve, natural
     content words:    Royal Palm Turkey, New England, When Deanna, United States


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Where Are the Farm Animals Going?
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Caption: The Royal Palm Turkey, once common on New England farms, is now critically endangered because they lack the commercial potential of larger meatier birds.
 
2     Deanna knew dinosaurs were extinct. She heard her parents talking about polar bears losing their habitats so there were fewer and fewer each year. She knew these animals might be extinct one day, too. When Deanna read in her science book that scientists were concerned about farm animals, though, she was really surprised.
 
3     It turns out that in the last one hundred years, one thousand breeds of farm animals, sometimes called domestic animals, have become extinct, or have been lost forever, on Earth. For another one-third, the same thing could happen in the future.
 
4     What classifies an animal as a domestic animal? Deanna thought about groups of farm animals. Of course, then she knew these animals included cows, pigs, rabbits, goats, and so on.
 
5     When scientists say the world is losing domestic animals at an alarming rate, it is referring to individual breeds of certain animals. For example, not all cattle are expected to disappear from Earth by next year. However, certain cattle are in the very dangerous position of being gone forever. These include the Renitelo cattle of Madagascar, the H'Mong cattle of Vietnam, and the Yakut cattle of Siberia.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Research one breed of an extinct animal.

2.  What are some behavioral or structural adaptations of animals?

3.  Create a collage of farm animals.



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