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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
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
Food Web
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
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


Animal Classification Quiz
Animal Facts Quiz
Arthropods Quiz
Insects Don't Bug Me Quiz
General Science Quiz
Mammals 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
Insects on the Internet
Animal Speeds
Man's Best Friend Rubric
All About Wolves Rubric
75-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Voice Heard Again
More Technology Activities on Animals

Music, Drama, & Animals Connected

Crocodile Smile Teaching Ideas
Follow the Moon Teaching Ideas
Playing Prehistorics
The Barnum & Bailey Circus
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
Classroom Guide for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
Great Giraffes
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
Llama Llama Activity Kit
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
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
More Popular Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Jungle
Eyewitness: Bird
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
Eyewitness: Amphibian
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
Search for the Animals
Animals Black and White Discussion and Game
Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express Activity Kit
Science Key Term Review: Life Changes over Time
Pin the Feathers on the Turkey

Social Studies & Animals Connected

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
The World of Rosemary Wells
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
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Animal Adaptations Project -- Teacher Notes
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

Animal Apartments
Animal and Insect Pictures
There's an Owl in the Shower
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Identifying Biomes
How Many Shrimp?
Classifying Cerealites
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
Great, Big Enormous Animals
Favorite Animal Graph
Place Value through Hundreds (Gr. 3)
Just Ducky! Color by Number
Going Fishing: Counting Activity
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!
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
Disease-Carrying Animals
Wild Critters Vocabulary
More Health & Safety Resources on Animals

Endangered Species

Endangered Species Wordsearch
On the Brink of Becoming Extinct
Endangered Animals
Wetlands Life Worksheet
Endangered Animals Hunt
Marsupials – Matching Activity
Endangered Animal Species
More Resources on Endangered Species


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
Name That Shark
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
Classroom Activity Guide to My Visit to the Zoo, My Visit to the Aquarium and Wild and Woolly Mammoths
The Petting Zoo
Science and Technology: Fake Trees and Giraffes
Science, Technology, and Society: Zoos that Are News
More Resources on Zoo Animals


President Classification of Animals
Animal Group Terms
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
Animals as Athletes
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Types of Animal Scientists
More Animal References

Additional Animal Resources

Animal Adaptations Resources
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