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


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

Printables for Grades K-2

What Is Adaptation?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Turkey Coloring Page
Life in the Sea
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Vertebrate and Invertebrate Animals
Dominant and Recessive Genes
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Animal Research and Writing
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
Animal Adaptations Project -- Teacher Notes
Why Are Feathers Special? -- Activity 4.2
Food Web
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Food Web (Blank) Printable
What Is Natural Selection?
Printable List of Rain Forest Animals
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
Making a Bar Graph
Making a Zoo Poster
Identifying Biomes
More Popular Animal Printables

Graphic Organizers

Dogs and Cats as Pets: Venn Diagram
KWL Chart - Animals
Horse: Main Idea and Supporting Details Organizer
Animal Coverings
Animals in Winter
KWL Chart - Living and Non-Living
Living and Non-Living Things
More Animal Graphic Organizers


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

Lesson Plans for Grades K-6

"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Life Cycle of Butterflies
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
What Am I? Icebreaker
Animals of the Rainforest
Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
More Popular Animal Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans for Grades 7-12

Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
What Foods Attract Ants?
Discover a Pond Food Web
Is the DNA of a Cow Different from a Chicken's?
Long-Lived Turtles
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
More Animal Lesson Plans

Animals & Technology Connected

Insects on the Internet
Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation: Student Planning Pages
Microscopic Organisms
Science and Technology: A Virtual Aquarium
Animal Speeds
Kaufman Focus Guides by Kenn Kaufman
Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation: Teacher Planning Page
More Technology Activities on Animals

Music, Drama, & Animals Connected

Animal Tracking Song
Silly Sea Songs
The Barnum & Bailey Circus
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
What is a Tuatara?
Rain Forest Animals
Animal Habitats II
Farm Animals Matching
Ralph Masiello's Ocean Drawing Book Coloring Page
More Popular Animal Art Activities

Animals in Literature

Animal Farm Literature Guide
Charlotte's Web
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Llama Llama Activity Kit
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Jumanji Teacher's Guide
More Popular Literature Resources on Animals

Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Crows Reading Warm-Up
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
Squirrels Reading Warm-Up
Rats Reading Warm-Up
Sharks Reading Warm-Up
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

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

Games & Puzzles

An Animal Word Search
A Fishy Word Search
Pin the Feathers on the Turkey
Where Are the Animals?
Let's Go Angling
Secret Bird Jumble
Water Birds
A Bird Word Search
Animal Life Puzzles
Make a Puzzle

Social Studies & Animals Connected

Island of the Blue Dolphins
Presidential Pardon of the Turkey
An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
The Summer of the Swans
Reading Guide for The Underneath
And Tango Makes Three Educator's Guide
Dyeing Dinosaur Eggs
More Popular Animal Resources for Social Studies

Wildlife Week Resources

Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Animal Adaptation Project -- Student Overview
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
How Is Color Used by Living Things? -- Activity 4.5
How Do Birds Adapt to Eating? -- Activity 4.6
Hummingbirds Reading Warm-Up
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
What Is the Environment?
What Is Wildlife Conservation?
Arctic Maze
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Animal Biology Resources

How Was That Sheep Cloned?
Reading Tracks
Science Fun: Basic Needs
Literature & Math: If You Hopped Like a Frog
Animal Babies and Parents
Animal Brains
How Do Plant and Animal Cells Differ?
More Animal Biology Resources

Mathematics & Animals Connected

Which Dinosaur Is Taller?
Literature & Math: Stories About Animal Homes
Great, Big Enormous Animals
Spider Count
Math in Science: Sorting Fish
Alligator Snacks
Giant Rain Forest Animals
More Popular Animal Activities for Math Class

Animal Resources for History Class

Perfect Timing Educator's Kit
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
The Buffalo Hunters
History of Bison in America Reading Warm-Up
How the Chinese Use Insects
The Bald Eagle Reading Warm-Up
Colonial Animals: A Nonfiction 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!
Animals in the Classroom
Disease-Carrying Animals
More Health & Safety Resources on Animals

Endangered Species

Endangered Species Wordsearch
Threatened, Endangered, Extinct
Endangered Animals
Amphibian Population Declines
Endangered Animal Species
Explore Activity: Exploring Variation in Species
Turtle Simulation
More Resources on Endangered Species


List of Rain Forest Animals
Body Parts of an Ant
Charlotte's Web Persuasive Letter
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
Butterfly Facts and Questions
More Insects – Teacher Resources

Aquatic Animals

How Big Is a Blue Whale?
Science Reading Warm-Up: Oceans
Sea Creatures: Would You Rather...
Draw a Story
Sea Animal Patterns
Killer Whales Reading Warm-Up
Big, Bigger, Biggest
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Zoo Animals

Classroom Activity Guide to My Visit to the Zoo, My Visit to the Aquarium and Wild and Woolly Mammoths
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Apes and Monkeys Teacher's Guide
Animals in Cages
Science and Technology: Fake Trees and Giraffes
Science, Technology, and Society: Zoos that Are News
Jumbo the Elephant
Where Will You Find Them?
More Resources on Zoo Animals


How the Turkey Got Its Name
Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Gestation and Longevity of Animals
Animal Communication
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Tyrannosaurus Sue
More Animal References

Additional Animal Resources

Animal Adaptations Resources
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December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

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Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
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