White-tailed Deer – Background

Along the forest edge a small group of deer grazes quietly. Always alert for danger, the deer frequently lift their heads to sniff the wind. Suddenly a white tail goes up and they bound away, melting into the trees. The speed, grace and agility we so admire in the white-tailed deer are the result of their place as prey animals in the forest food web. Though shy and elusive, these large herbivores leave tracks and signs that tell us about their lives, their connections to other woodland inhabitants and their impact on the forest itself.

White-tailed deer are among the largest herbivores in our forests and they consume a lot of vegetation. An adult deer might eat two tons of food in a year. In spring and summer, deer often feed at the edges of fields, eating leaves, grasses, Continue reading White-tailed Deer – Background

White-tailed Deer – Activities

FOCUS: White-tailed deer are big animals and require a lot of food to survive, so they can have a profound effect on the forests in which they live, and on the many other inhabitants as well. As plant-eaters, seed-planters and sometimes food for large predators, deer are connected in countless ways to the other living things in their woodland homes.

Introduction: Ask the children if they’ve noticed what kind of food deer like to eat (twigs, bark, leaves, nuts, fruits) and about how big they are.

PUPPET SHOW “A Couple of Bucks” Continue reading White-tailed Deer – Activities

White-tailed Deer – Puppet Show

A Couple of Bucks

Characters: Benny Buck, Billy Buck (both spikehorns), Oak Sapling, Sally Squirrel, Smiley Coyote.

Benny Buck  I am the biggest herbivore in the forest, so look out!

Sapling              Herbivore? What do you mean by that?

Benny Buck  You know, it means I eat plants.

Sapling              I was afraid of that. But you aren’t the biggest plant-eater, you know, because Moose is bigger than you. Continue reading White-tailed Deer – Puppet Show

White-tailed Deer – Standards


The activities in this unit help children understand the basic concepts in the Disciplinary Core Ideas listed here. You can use the following list as a guide for lesson planning. These Disciplinary Core Ideas are taken from Grade Band Endpoints in A Framework for K-12 Science Education. Additionally, our activities give children opportunities to engage in many of the Science and Engineering Practices and reflect on the Crosscutting Concepts as identified in the Next Generation Science Standards. Continue reading White-tailed Deer – Standards