Horses: Our Special Friendship
Throughout our mutual history, humans have had a special relationship with horses.
There are two videos to choose from to learn about what makes horses special.
The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!
You’ll see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities or a project.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz!
High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects located at the end of this learning block!
Take A Deeper Dive!
Taking Care of a Horse
Learn to Draw a Horse
For this activity, you will need a piece of paper and a pencil or marker. You can also use coloured pencils, markers, or paints to colour your drawing when you are finished. You can pause this video at any time while you are drawing if you need more time.
Save your drawing to your portfolio when you are finished.
Make a Paper Horse
For this activity, you will need the following:
- Paper: white, brown, black, and red (or any colours you’d like to make your horse!)
- Googly eyes (or a marker to draw eyes)
- Glue stick
Note: You can make your horse stand on a square instead of a circle if you don’t want it to rock.
Remember to include a picture of your creation in your portfolio!
Label the Parts of a Horse
Make a copy of your horse drawing from activity 1. Now label as many parts of a horse as you can using the above image as a reference.
Add this to your portfolio.
Learn More About Horse Breeds
Watch the video on different horse breeds. Create a poster for your favourite breed of horse.
Include the following in your poster:
- Interesting facts of this breed
- Average size (remember, we measure horses in hands!)
- What type of work is it most adapted to?
- Include a drawing or download a picture
You can refer to this website for more information on the most popular horse breeds.
When you are finished, be sure to add this poster to your portfolio!
Create a Presentation on the Evolution of the Horse
The evolution of horses is well documented. After watching the above video (and the earlier video on horse evolution in this learning block), create a presentation using Google Slides or a similar program, on the evolution of the horse. Consider including the following:
- A timeline
- Descriptions of scientific evidence (e.g., fossil or DNA)
- Maps of distribution
- History of domestication
You can do further research for the content of your presentation here.
Save your presentation to your portfolio when you are finished. Write a description and then provide a link.
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