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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
Building Nests Mini-Lesson
Adaptations: Bird Beaks Mini-Lesson
Characteristics of Mammals Mini-Lesson
Introducing Deserts Mini-Lesson
Animals of the Arctic Mini-Lesson
Meet the Mammals Mini-Lesson
Animals of the Antarctic Mini-Lesson
Focus on Frogs 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 1-3)
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 2-4)
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 4-6)
Animal Hall of Fame: Fastest

Printables for Grades K-2

Endangered Animals
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: The Gila Monster
Who Gives a Hoot?
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Emperor Penguins
What Is Adaptation?
Spring Crossword Puzzle I
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Animal Research and Writing
Vertebrate and Invertebrate Animals
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Insects in the Garden
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Body Parts of an Ant
Animals of the Rainforest
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

What Evidence Supports Evolution?
Climate Test
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
Dominant and Recessive Genes
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
Making a Bar Graph
Food Web (Blank) Printable
Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
What Is Natural Selection?
More Popular Animal Printables

Graphic Organizers

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


Animal Classification Quiz
Mammals Quiz
General Science Quiz
Insects Don't Bug Me Quiz
Arthropods Quiz
Animal Facts 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
What Am I? Icebreaker
Animals of the Rainforest
How Big Is a Blue Whale?
Charlotte's Web Persuasive Letter
More Popular Animal Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans for Grades 7-12

Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
What Foods Attract Ants?
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
Dinosaur Detectives
Long-Lived Turtles
Discover a Pond Food Web
More Animal Lesson Plans

Animals & Technology Connected

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

Music, Drama, & Animals Connected

Follow the Moon Teaching Ideas
The Beetles and the Bedbugs Song
The Barnum & Bailey Circus
Crocodile Smile Teaching Ideas
More Music and Drama Activities on Animals

Animal Activities for Art Class

"Dear Zoo" Flap Book
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
Rain Forest Animals
Farm Animals Matching
Classroom Guide for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
T. Rex Pop-Up Activity
Hey There, Stink Bug! Activity Guide
More Popular Animal Art Activities

Animals in Literature

Charlotte's Web
Animal Farm Literature Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Diary of a Worm Classroom Activities
Project Seahorse Discussion & Activity Guide with Common Core Connections
Once a Wolf Discussion & Activity Guide with Common Core Connections
More Popular Literature Resources on Animals

Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Reading Warm-Up 7 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
Life in the Sea
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
The Summer of the Swans
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

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

Games & Puzzles

A Bird Word Search
An Animal Word Search
Where Are the Animals?
A Fishy Word Search
Sea Mammals, Part 1
Animals Black and White Discussion and Game
Sea Life: Bottom Dwellers
Holiday Plants and Animals
Sea Life: Pelagic Zone

Social Studies & Animals Connected

Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
Jane Goodall, Ethologist
U.S. State Birds
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Join the Firefighters!
More Popular Animal Resources for Social Studies

Wildlife Week Resources

Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

There's an Owl in the Shower
Animal Apartments
Animal and Insect Pictures
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
Threats to Tropical Rain Forests
How Many Shrimp?
Identifying Biomes
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Animal Biology Resources

A Butterfly's Life Cycle
Animal Adaptation Project -- Student Overview
Science Fun: Basic Needs
Animal Babies and Parents
Reptile and Amphibian Life Span and Life History
How Do Animals Move? -- Activity 4.9
The Anatomy of an Earthworm
More Animal Biology Resources

Mathematics & Animals Connected

Literature & Math: The Best Bug Parade & The ABCs of Art
Which Dinosaur Is Taller?
Place Value through Hundreds (Gr. 3)
Favorite Animal Graph
Great, Big Enormous Animals
Pets: What Will Happen Next?
Literature & Math: If You Hopped Like a Frog
More Popular Animal Activities for Math Class

Animal Resources for History Class

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
How the Chinese Use Insects
The Buffalo Hunters
The Magnificent Salmon
Colonial Animals: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Reading Warm-Up 35 for Gr. 1 & 2: American History
Reading Warm-Up 36 for Gr. 1 & 2: American History
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
Animals in the Classroom
More Health & Safety Resources on Animals

Endangered Species

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


List of Rain Forest Animals
Am I an Insect?
Insects Bulletin Board
Insect Habitats
Ladybug Pattern
More Insects – Teacher Resources

Aquatic Animals

Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
Marine Animals Alphabet Activity
What Belongs in the Ocean?
Sharks Reading Warm-Up
Sea Creatures: Would You Rather...
Draw a Story
Big, Bigger, Biggest
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Zoo Animals

Zoo Animals
And Tango Makes Three Educator's Guide
Making a Zoo Poster
Science and Technology: Fake Trees and Giraffes
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Apes and Monkeys Teacher's Guide
Science, Technology, and Society: Zoos that Are News
Jumbo the Elephant
More Resources on Zoo Animals


Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Did Birds Evolve from Dinosaurs?
Dinosaur News
Presidential Pardon of the Turkey
How the Turkey Got Its Name
75-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Voice Heard Again
More Animal References

Additional Animal Resources

Animal Adaptations Resources
Dinosaurs – Teacher Resources


Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: Earth Day, women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, and American History. Enjoy!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), 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 stories.

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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