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


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

Printables for Grades K-2

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
What Is Adaptation?
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Animal Mothers and Babies
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Life in the Sea
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Vertebrate and Invertebrate Animals
Animal Research and Writing
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Dominant and Recessive Genes
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
Animal Adaptations Project -- Teacher Notes
An Animal Word Search
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
Why Are Feathers Special? -- Activity 4.2
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Printable List of Rain Forest Animals
Making a Bar Graph
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
The Anatomy of an Earthworm
Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis
Food Web (Blank) Printable
Life Science Test: Interactions Among Living Things
More Popular Animal Printables

Graphic Organizers

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


Animal Classification Quiz
Animal Facts Quiz
Mammals Quiz
Insects Don't Bug Me Quiz
General Science Quiz
Arthropods 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
What Am I? Icebreaker
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
Animals of the Rainforest
How Big Is a Blue Whale?
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
More Popular Animal Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans for Grades 7-12

Is the DNA of a Cow Different from a Chicken's?
Dinosaur Detectives
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Origins of Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
What Foods Attract Ants?
Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
More Animal Lesson Plans

Animals & Technology Connected

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

Music, Drama, & Animals Connected

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

Animal Activities for Art Class

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

Animals in Literature

Animal Farm Literature Guide
Charlotte's Web
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Charlotte's Web Persuasive Letter
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
More Popular Literature Resources on Animals

Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Science and Language Arts: Design Your Own Animals
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Emperor Penguins
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery
The Snow-Bird Poetry Pack: Main Idea Identification
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

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

Games & Puzzles

Spring Crossword Puzzle I
A Fishy Word Search
Where Are the Animals?
Science Key Term Review: Life Changes over Time
A Bird Word Search
Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express Activity Kit
Animal Life Puzzles
Make a Puzzle
Animals Black and White Discussion and Game
Farmer Edward's Chicken Pens

Social Studies & Animals Connected

An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
The Summer of the Swans
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
On the Far Side of the Mountain
Life In Different Climates Activity
Join the Firefighters!
More Popular Animal Resources for Social Studies

Wildlife Week Resources

A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Animal Adaptation Project -- Student Overview
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Plant Eaters and Meat Eaters
How Do Birds Adapt to Eating? -- Activity 4.6
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
Animal Apartments
Classifying Cerealites
There's an Owl in the Shower
What Is the Environment?
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Animal and Insect Pictures
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Animal Biology Resources

A Butterfly's Life Cycle
Reptile and Amphibian Life Span and Life History
How Was That Sheep Cloned?
How Do Animals Move? -- Activity 4.9
Literature & Math: If You Hopped Like a Frog
Animal Babies and Parents
Science Fun: Basic Needs
More Animal Biology Resources

Mathematics & Animals Connected

Which Dinosaur Is Taller?
Sorting the Animals I
Pets: What Will Happen Next?
Place Value through Hundreds (Gr. 3)
Favorite Animal Graph
Tropical Fish Color by Number
Literature & Math: Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
More Popular Animal Activities for Math Class

Animal Resources for History Class

Animal Skin Clothing
Animals in Uniform
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
The Buffalo Hunters
The Magnificent Salmon
Colonial Animals: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Reading Warm-Up 35 for Gr. 1 & 2: American History
More Animal Resources for History Class

Health & Safety Resources on Animals

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

Endangered Species

Endangered Species Wordsearch
Endangered Animals
Endangered Animals Hunt
Who Gives a Hoot?
Wetlands Life Worksheet
Science and Social Studies: Making a Difference
Jane Goodall, Ethologist
More Resources on Endangered Species


List of Rain Forest Animals
Body Parts of an Ant
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Am I an Insect?
Insect Habitats
A Froggy Fable Activities
More Insects – Teacher Resources

Aquatic Animals

Sharks Reading Warm-Up
Sea Creatures: Would You Rather...
Ralph Masiello's Ocean Drawing Book Coloring Page
Activity: Ocean Organisms
Sea Animal Patterns
STEM Activities for Stink and the Shark Sleepover
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Zoo Animals

Zoo Animals
Jumbo the Elephant
Science, Technology, and Society: Zoos that Are News
Making a Zoo Poster
Science and Technology: Fake Trees and Giraffes
Draw a Path to My Door
Where Will You Find Them?
More Resources on Zoo Animals


Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Types of Animal Scientists
Animal Communication
Did Birds Evolve from Dinosaurs?
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Common Household Pets
More Animal References

Additional Animal Resources

Animal Adaptations Resources
Dinosaurs – Teacher Resources


Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon
Join the Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon! Read each episode as it's re-released with newly revealed facts, behind-the-scenes illustrations, and the inside scoop. Make it official by pledging on the blog to read each chapter with Cosmoe. Your students will love following the exploits of these space travelers, and you'll love the educational elements that can easily be paired to the stories.

Handwashing Awareness
Kids are especially susceptible to contracting and spreading viruses during the winter months. Prevention starts with proper handwashing. Show students how to keep germs away.

March Calendar of Events
March is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: National School Breakfast Week (3/2-6), World Orphan Week (3/4-11), Boston Massacre (3/5/1770), Daylight Saving Time Begins (3/8), International Women's Day (3/8), Teen Tech Week (3/8-14), Pi Day (3/14), St. Patrick's Day (3/17), Spring Begins (3/20), Make Your Own Holiday Day (3/26), and World Theatre Day (3/27). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Music In Our Schools Month, Women's History Month, and Youth Art Month!

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. Talk to your students about the accomplishments women have made—as well as the adversity they have faced.

Teaching with Comics
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guide to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series, as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stores.

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