Big Cats are declining at alarming rates. Populations of lions, tigers, cheetahs and other top felines are victims of habitat loss and conflicts with humans. In response, National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative supports on-the-ground conservation and education projects.  As part of the initiative, the Sister School Program engages students in the U.S. to learn about big cats and participate in interactive service learning projects. These suggested  activities will help you integrate big cats into your classroom. Visit the Big Cats Initiative Sister School home page to learn how to get started.

Items included in the Big Cats Initiative Sister School Toolkit above:

  • School Assembly Kickoff PowerPoint – Use this PowerPoint to gather all the students participating in the program to share photos, learn facts, and inspire each other to get involved. 

  • Lion Poster – Hang this majestic lion poster in your classroom.

  • Lion Cub Poster – Hang this lovable lion cub poster in your classroom.

  • Big Cats Initiative Bookmark – Print out Cause an Uproar bookmarks for your students to use.

  • Paw Print Activity Sheet – Around the holidays, students can write big cats facts on paw prints and deck the halls with their new knowledge.

  • Big Cats Fact Sheet– Incorporate these big cats facts into your lesson plans so students can have an informed idea of big cats and their population decline.
  • Free Big Cats Lesson Plans – Use National Geographic Education’s free lesson plans for all grade levels to teach about big cats.

  • Cause an Uproar Poster Template – Print materials for lesson plans or posters on this template.

  • Help Build Boma Fences – This document will tell you and your students about National Geographic’s Build a Boma campaign.

  • Cause an Uproar Website – Find out more about Cause an Uproar and the Big Cats Initiative at National Geographic.

  • Service Learning Project Ideas – Need ideas for your school’s service learning project?  Find inspiration here.  

  • Cause an Uproar Video – Use this video as an instructional and informational tool about National Geographic’s work surrounding big cats.