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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

Slideshows

Top 10 Animal-Themed Graphic Organizers
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades K-1)
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Life Science Across the Curriculum Printables Slideshow
Plant & Animal Visuals Slideshow
Animal & Insect Transparencies Slideshow
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 2-4)

Printables for Grades K-2

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

Printables for Grades 3-5

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

Printables for Grades 6-8

Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
Classification Puzzle
Dominant and Recessive Genes
Sharks Reading Warm-Up
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
Food Web
The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Printable List of Rain Forest Animals
Making a Bar Graph
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis
Food Web (Blank) Printable
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
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

Quizzes

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
Man's Best Friend Rubric
75-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Voice Heard Again
Science and Technology: A Virtual Aquarium
More Technology Activities on Animals

Music, Drama, & Animals Connected

The Barnum & Bailey Circus
Silly Sea Songs
Old MacDonald Singing Activity
Crocodile Smile Teaching Ideas
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
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
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
Stellaluna
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
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Stellaluna
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
On the Brink of Becoming Extinct
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
Animal Life Puzzles
In the Pond
Make a Puzzle
Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express Activity Kit
Animals Black and White Discussion and Game
Science Key Term Review: Life Changes over Time
Search for the Animals
Pin the Feathers on the Turkey

Social Studies & Animals Connected

Stellaluna
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

Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Animal Adaptations Project -- Teacher Notes
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

Animal Apartments
Animal and Insect Pictures
There's an Owl in the Shower
Identifying Biomes
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Classifying Cerealites
How Many Shrimp?
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
Bird or Mammal?
How Do Plant and Animal Cells Differ?
More Animal Biology Resources

Mathematics & Animals Connected

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
Just Ducky! Color by Number
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
The Ants Have It!
Wild Critters
Wild Critters Vocabulary
Disease-Carrying Animals
More Health & Safety Resources on Animals

Endangered Species

Endangered Species Wordsearch
Endangered Animals
Endangered Animals Hunt
Wetlands Life Worksheet
Endangered Animal Species
Marsupials – Matching Activity
Amphibian Population Declines
More Resources on Endangered Species

Insects

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

Killer Whales Reading Warm-Up
Making a Zoo Poster
Sea Creatures: Would You Rather...
Draw a Story
Sea Animal Patterns
STEM Activities for Stink and the Shark Sleepover
Ralph Masiello's Ocean Drawing Book Coloring Page
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
Draw a Path to My Door
Jumbo the Elephant
More Resources on Zoo Animals

References

President Classification of Animals
Animal Group Terms
Dinosaur News
Tyrannosaurus Sue
Did Birds Evolve from Dinosaurs?
Animal Vocabulary
Animal Fathers
More Animal References

Additional Animal Resources

Animal Adaptations Resources
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