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Animals – Teacher Resources

Incorporate students' natural curiosity about animals in your class with lessons and printables on sea life, endangered species, wildlife, and more. Educate them about animal behavior, biology, life cycles, and habitats with literature, games, and references. Science activities and graphic organizers will help students classify vertebrates and invertebrates. There are plenty of resources for math, writing, social studies, and art to extend your curriculum offerings for all grade levels.

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

The Amazing Rain Forest Mini-Lesson
Adaptations: Bird Beaks Mini-Lesson
Building Nests Mini-Lesson
Introducing Deserts Mini-Lesson
Animals of the Arctic Mini-Lesson
Characteristics of Mammals Mini-Lesson
Focus on Frogs Mini-Lesson
Meet the Mammals Mini-Lesson
Animals of the Antarctic Mini-Lesson
More Mini-Lessons


Top 10 Animal-Themed Graphic Organizers
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades K-1)
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 1-3)
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Life Science Across the Curriculum Printables Slideshow
Plant & Animal Visuals Slideshow
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 4-6)

Printables for Grades K-2

Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
What Is Adaptation?
Who Gives a Hoot?
Life in the Sea
Body Parts of an Ant
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Vertebrate and Invertebrate Animals
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Animal Research and Writing
Spring Crossword Puzzle I
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Animal Research and Writing
An Animal Word Search
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
Classification Puzzle
Animal Tracks: Who Done It?
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
Printable List of Rain Forest Animals
Making a Bar Graph
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis
Food Web (Blank) Printable
More Popular Animal Printables

Graphic Organizers

Dogs and Cats as Pets: Venn Diagram
Animal Coverings
Horse: Main Idea and Supporting Details Organizer
KWL Chart - Animals
In a Garden
KWL Chart - Living and Non-Living
Animal Babies and Parents
More Animal Graphic Organizers


Animal Classification Quiz
Animal Facts Quiz
Arthropods Quiz
Insects Don't Bug Me Quiz
Mammals Quiz
General Science Quiz
Kinds of Animals Quiz
More Animal Quizzes

Lesson Plans for Grades K-6

Life Cycle of Butterflies
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
Charlotte's Web Persuasive Letter
Animals of the Rainforest
What Am I? Icebreaker
How Big Is a Blue Whale?
More Popular Animal Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans for Grades 7-12

"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
What Foods Attract Ants?
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Dinosaur Detectives
Discover a Pond Food Web
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
More Animal Lesson Plans

Animals & Technology Connected

Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation
Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation: Student Planning Pages
Animal Speeds
Insects on the Internet
Microscopic Organisms
Man's Best Friend Rubric
75-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Voice Heard Again
More Technology Activities on Animals

Music, Drama, & Animals Connected

The Barnum & Bailey Circus
Silly Sea Songs
Old MacDonald Singing Activity
Animal Tracking Song
More Music and Drama Activities on Animals

Animal Activities for Art Class

"Dear Zoo" Flap Book
T. Rex Pop-Up Activity
Rain Forest Animals
Farm Animals Matching
Great Giraffes
Classroom Guide for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
Can You Make a Feather? -- Activity 4.4
More Popular Animal Art Activities

Animals in Literature

Charlotte's Web
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Animal Farm Literature Guide
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
More Popular Literature Resources on Animals

Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Charlotte's Web
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Animal Research and Writing
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Sharks Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Jungle
Eyewitness: Bird
Eyewitness: Amphibian
Eye Wonder: Mammals
One Million Things: Animal Life
Eye Wonder: Birds
Eyewitness: Arctic & Antarctic
Little Brainwaves Investigate: Animals
Eyewitness: Eagle & Birds of Prey
E.Guides: Mammal
Eyewitness: Mammal
DK First Animal Encyclopedia
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science

Games & Puzzles

Where Are the Animals?
A Bird Word Search
A Fishy Word Search
Animal Life Puzzles
Sea Mammals, Part 1
In the Pond
Make a Puzzle
Horsing Around
Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express Activity Kit

Social Studies & Animals Connected

An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
The Summer of the Swans
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Jane Goodall, Ethologist
Island of the Blue Dolphins
More Popular Animal Resources for Social Studies

Wildlife Week Resources

Animal Research and Writing
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

Animal Apartments
Animal and Insect Pictures
There's an Owl in the Shower
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
Identifying Biomes
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Animal Biology Resources

Life Cycle of Butterflies
A Butterfly's Life Cycle
Animal Adaptation Project -- Student Overview
How Was That Sheep Cloned?
Science Fun: Basic Needs
How Do Animals Move? -- Activity 4.9
Reading Tracks
More Animal Biology Resources

Mathematics & Animals Connected

Which Dinosaur Is Taller?
Dot-to-Dot Tiger Count
Hey There, Stink Bug! Activity Guide
Favorite Animal Graph
Great, Big Enormous Animals
Place Value through Hundreds (Gr. 3)
Going Fishing: Counting Activity
More Popular Animal Activities for Math Class

Animal Resources for History Class

"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
The Bald Eagle Reading Warm-Up
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Animals on the First Fleet
Animals in Uniform
Colonial Animals: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Captive Whales Reading Warm-Up
More Animal Resources for History Class

Health & Safety Resources on Animals

Food From Plants and Animals
Insects in the Garden
The Ants Have It!
Join the Firefighters!
Wild Critters
More Health & Safety Resources on Animals

Endangered Species

Endangered Species Wordsearch
On the Brink of Becoming Extinct
Endangered Animals
Threatened, Endangered, Extinct
Endangered Animals Hunt
Wetlands Life Worksheet
Endangered Animal Species
More Resources on Endangered Species


List of Rain Forest Animals
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Life Cycle of Butterflies
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Butterfly Facts and Questions
More Insects – Teacher Resources

Aquatic Animals

What Belongs in the Ocean?
Killer Whales Reading Warm-Up
Making a Zoo Poster
Sea Creatures: Would You Rather...
Draw a Story
Sea Animal Patterns
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Zoo Animals

A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Zoo Animals
And Tango Makes Three Educator's Guide
The Petting Zoo
Science and Technology: Fake Trees and Giraffes
Lion Mask Cut-Out
Draw a Path to My Door
More Resources on Zoo Animals


Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
President Classification of Animals
Animal Group Terms
Dinosaur News
Tyrannosaurus Sue
Did Birds Evolve from Dinosaurs?
Animal Vocabulary
More Animal References

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Animal Adaptations Resources
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