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1 LEFT LEFT C LEFT LEFT RIGHT INSTRUCTIONS COVER BOOK Follow these steps to construct your Cheetah Minibook Print this file. 2. Cut along the dotted lines around the pages. Do not cut out the shape on the cover. 3. With the exception of the cover, fold each page in half, keeping the blank side on the outside. The cover should be folded along both sides of the spine, with the blank side facing inward. 4. C RIGHT E 4. Glue the blank side of page 2 to the blank side of page 3. Continue this process for all pages 2 through 13; gluing 4 to 5, 6 to 7, and so on. 5. Glue the blank sides of the cover page to the blank sides of pages 1 and B LEFT 6. Cut out the shape on the cover. The hole you create should act as a window in which you can see the cheetah on page Check back often for future minibooks!

2 INSTRUCTIONS (CONT.) BADGES As you complete the requirements for the Discovery Badges, cut out the images below and glue or tape them in the spots provided on each page.

3 Looking For More Fun? Animals MINIBOOK #4 #6 Daily Explorer Hear the latest news and learn the best secrets at Animal Jam s Official blog! Animal Jam In Animal Jam, you can explore the incredible world of Jamaa as your favorite animal, adopt cool pets, decorate your very own den, and so much more! Animal Jam Academy Check out AJ Academy for fun crafts and free printables! WAIT! CUT OUT THIS AREA AFTER GLUING THE BOOK TOGETHER. (STEP SIX) 2015 WildWorks, Inc. All rights reserved.

4 Name Cheetah Name This book belongs to 1 2

5 All About Cheetahs Known for their need for speed, cheetahs are the fastest land animals on the planet! They can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in three seconds! That s faster than most cars! Almost all of these incredible big cats live in Africa below the Sahara Desert, with a few small groups living in Northern Africa and Iran. Did You Know? Cheetahs are the smallest of all the big cat species. They are also the only big cats that belong to a different genus. Cheetahs don t roar like other big cat species: they purr. They also moan, snarl, hiss, and chirp! Facts & Figures Cheetahs can sprint at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour! Mother cheetahs usually give birth to three to five cubs per litter, but some litters can have up to eight cubs! Scientists estimate there are only 7500 to 10,000 cheetahs left in the wild. 3 4

6 Cheetah Habitat DISCOVERY BADGE Curious Creatures African savannas are home to thousands of different animals of all shapes and sizes. Research savanna life to see if you can learn of an animal you ve never heard of before. African savanna Cheetahs share their African savanna home with a number of other exotic animals. Giraffes, zebras, warthogs, hyenas, and lions are all sympatric species, which is a term scientists use to describe different animals that all live in the same area. 5 6

7 Social Behavior Cheetah Anatomy SMALL HEAD Unless they are raising cubs, female cheetahs are solitary, which means they live on their own. Male cheetahs, usually brothers, live and hunt together in small groups called coalitions. TEAR MARKS FLEXIBLE SPINE SPOTTED FUR LONG LEGS 7 DISCOVERY BADGE Terrific Territory Cheetahs are known for the dark spots that cover their fur. These spots help cheetahs blend in with the tall grass and bushes in around them. From bedrooms to school desks, everyone has a territory they like to call their own. Draw a picture of your territory and label the things that are important to you. Cheetahs have incredible eyesight. They also have dark tear marks on their faces that help protect their eyes from the glare of the sunlight. 8

8 Cheetah Diet Cheetahs are carnivores, which means they eat meat. They use their immense speed to chase down and capture their prey, which can range from rabbits and birds to ostriches and gazelles. Cheetahs are timid animals, and they must eat their meals quickly before other predators can scare them away and steal their food! Unique Skill: Speed DISCOVERY BADGE Title Here Time how long it takes you to run a short distance when you are barefoot, in socks, and in shoes. Which time is the fastest? Why do you think that is? 9 Cheetahs bodies are built for speed! Their flexible spines allow them to stretch their long legs far forward when running, helping them cover 20 feet in just one stride! Cheetahs use their large tails like a boat s rudder to help them steer while running, and because they can t fully retract their claws, their paws act like running cleats to grip the ground and make every step count. 10

9 Experiment Even though there aren t too many spotted plants on the African savanna, the pattern of cheetahs spots actually gives them camouflage, or a way to hide, among plants and rocks of different colors, shapes, and sizes. WHAT YOU NEED scissors, newspaper, sheets of paper with different colors and patterns INSTRUCTIONS Cut up colored paper into small shapes. One at a time, place shapes on top of the newspaper. Place them in different areas of the newspaper, on text and pictures. Move them across the newspaper. Questions to Ask 1. Which color and pattern combination blended in with the newspaper the best? 2. Were there any colors and patterns that blended in better or worse when against text? When against pictures? 3. Were there any colors and patterns that you thought wouldn t blend until you put them on the newspaper? DISCOVERY BADGE Creative Camouflage Write down all the places you visit every week. How would you dress and act in each place if you didn t want to be seen or noticed? What kind of camouflage would you use? 11 12

10 Animal Jam Cheetahs How to Draw a Cheetah In October of 2013, cheetahs were so happy to finally come to Jamaa that they sprinted, jogged, ran, and sped all over the world, exploring every nook and cranny! STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 When these fascinating felines play, they take off so fast that their accessories have a hard time keeping up! STEP 4 STEP 5 STEP 6 STEP 7 DISCOVERY BADGE Acclaimed Attributes Cheetahs have lots of interesting qualities, but they are usually remembered most for their speed. List all of your good qualities, then choose one you would like to be known for

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