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


Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 4-6)
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Plant & Animal Visuals Slideshow
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades K-1)
Top 10 Animal-Themed Graphic Organizers
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 1-3)
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 2-4)

Printables for Grades K-2

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
What Is Adaptation?
Animal Tracks: Who Done It?
Life in the Sea
Food From Plants and Animals
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Vertebrate and Invertebrate Animals
Animal Research and Writing
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Dominant and Recessive Genes
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Animals of the Rainforest
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
Making a Zoo Poster
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
Tarantulas Reading Warm-Up
Why Are Feathers Special? -- Activity 4.2
Animal Adaptations Project -- Teacher Notes
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Making a Bar Graph
Food Web (Blank) Printable
The Six Kingdoms
Life Science Midterm Exam
How Do Animals Use Sound?
The Fin Art of Science
Measuring Turtle Length and Age
More Popular Animal Printables

Graphic Organizers

Dogs and Cats as Pets: Venn Diagram
KWL Chart - Animals
Horse: Main Idea and Supporting Details Organizer
How Animals Move
KWL Chart - Living and Non-Living
How Animals Move: Legs and Wings
Living Things Around Us
More Animal Graphic Organizers


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

Lesson Plans for Grades K-6

What Am I? Icebreaker
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Life Cycle of Butterflies
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
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

Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
Dinosaur Detectives
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Long-Lived Turtles
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
More Animal Lesson Plans

Animals & Technology Connected

75-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Voice Heard Again
All About Wolves Rubric
Microscopic Organisms
Man's Best Friend Rubric
Science and Technology: A Virtual Aquarium
Insects on the Internet
Animal Speeds
More Technology Activities on Animals

Music, Drama, & Animals Connected

Playing Prehistorics
The Barnum & Bailey Circus
Silly Sea Songs
Animal Tracking Song
More Music and Drama Activities on Animals

Animal Activities for Art Class

"Dear Zoo" Flap Book
Draw a Story
T. Rex Pop-Up Activity
Rain Forest Animals
The Butterfly's Story
Create an Aquarium
Billy Goat Coloring Page
More Popular Animal Art Activities

Animals in Literature

Charlotte's Web
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Animal Farm Literature Guide
Llama Llama Activity Kit
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery
More Popular Literature Resources on Animals

Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Mountain Animals Reading Warm-Up
The Peacock Reading Warm-Up
Flamingos Reading Warm-Up
Flying Squirrels Reading Warm-Up
An Animal Puzzle
Crows Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

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

Games & Puzzles

An Animal Word Search
Spring Crossword Puzzle I
A Bird Word Search
Animal Life Puzzles
In the Pond
Where Are the Animals?
Search for the Animals
Make a Puzzle
A Fishy Word Search
Animals Black and White Discussion and Game

Social Studies & Animals Connected

An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
The World of Rosemary Wells
The Summer of the Swans
Communities -- Teacher Checklist
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
Types of Animal Scientists
Presidential Pets
More Popular Animal Resources for Social Studies

Wildlife Week Resources

A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 2
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

There's an Owl in the Shower
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Animal Apartments
Classifying Cerealites
Identifying Biomes
Animal and Insect Pictures
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Animal Biology Resources

Reading Tracks
How Do Animals Move? -- Activity 4.9
Animal Adaptation Project -- Student Overview
How Was That Sheep Cloned?
Amphibian Population Declines
Which Mammal Group?
Imprint Inquiry
More Animal Biology Resources

Mathematics & Animals Connected

Great, Big Enormous Animals
Great Giraffes
Place Value through Hundreds (Gr. 3)
Math in Science: Sorting Fish
Designing a Chicken Coop
Dot-to-Dot Tiger Count
Math in Science: Tallying
More Popular Animal Activities for Math Class

Animal Resources for History Class

Animals in Uniform
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
The Magnificent Salmon
The Bald Eagle Reading Warm-Up
History of Bison in America Reading Warm-Up
The Buffalo Hunters
Colonial Animals: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
More Animal Resources for History Class

Health & Safety Resources on Animals

Wild Critters
Disease-Carrying Animals
The Ants Have It!
Wild Critters Vocabulary
Animals in the Classroom
More Health & Safety Resources on Animals

Endangered Species

Endangered Species Wordsearch
Zebras Reading Warm-Up
Marsupials – Matching Activity
Endangered Animals Hunt
Endangered Animal Species
The Hunt Is On
The Endangered Species Turnaround
More Resources on Endangered Species


List of Rain Forest Animals
Body Parts of an Ant
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
More Insects – Teacher Resources

Aquatic Animals

Sharks Reading Warm-Up
How Big Is a Blue Whale?
Octopus Reading Warm-Up
Planarians and Light
What Belongs in the Ocean?
Science and Technology: Shark!
Helping the Whale Conservation Effort
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Zoo Animals

Zoo Animals
The Petting Zoo
Science, Technology, and Society: Zoos that Are News
Science and Technology: Fake Trees and Giraffes
Lion Mask Cut-Out
Draw a Path to My Door
Where Will You Find Them?
More Resources on Zoo Animals


How the Turkey Got Its Name
Animal Defenses
Animals as Athletes
Animal Cloning: Facts and Fallacies
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Animal Group Terms
Animal Vocabulary: Families and Behavior
More Animal References

Additional Animal Resources

Animal Adaptations Resources
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