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


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

Printables for Grades K-2

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Life in the Sea
What Is Adaptation?
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Body Parts of an Ant
Food From Plants and Animals
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Vertebrate and Invertebrate Animals
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Animal Research and Writing
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Classification Puzzle
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
Insects in the Garden
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
An Animal Word Search
Life Science Diagnostic Test
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Science Key Term Review: Characteristics of Living Things
How Do Plant and Animal Cells Differ?
Making a Bar Graph
Life Science Test: Characteristics of Living Things
The Fin Art of Science
What Are Food Chains and Food Webs?
Life In Different Climates Activity
More Popular Animal Printables

Graphic Organizers

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


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

Lesson Plans for Grades K-6

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

Lesson Plans for Grades 7-12

What Foods Attract Ants?
Dinosaur Detectives
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Is the DNA of a Cow Different from a Chicken's?
Long-Lived Turtles
Discover a Pond Food Web
Origins of Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
More Animal Lesson Plans

Animals & Technology Connected

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

Music, Drama, & Animals Connected

Crocodile Smile Teaching Ideas
Follow the Moon Teaching Ideas
Old MacDonald Singing Activity
The Beetles and the Bedbugs Song
More Music and Drama Activities on Animals

Animal Activities for Art Class

"Dear Zoo" Flap Book
T. Rex Pop-Up Activity
Classroom Guide for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
Join the Firefighters!
Papier-Mâché Piggy Bank
Rain Forest Animals
Tyrannosaurus Rex Cut-Out
More Popular Animal Art Activities

Animals in Literature

Charlotte's Web
Animal Farm Literature Guide
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Llama Llama Activity Kit
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
The Summer of the Swans
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
More Popular Literature Resources on Animals

Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Sharks Reading Warm-Up
Secret Bird Jumble
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery
How Do Some Animals Communicate? -- Activity 4.10
More Popular Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

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

Games & Puzzles

A Bird Word Search
Animal Life Puzzles
Search for the Animals
A Fishy Word Search
Spring Crossword Puzzle I
Find Homes for Sammy's Friends
Where Are the Animals?
Make a Puzzle
In the Pond
Animals Black and White Discussion and Game

Social Studies & Animals Connected

An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
History of Bison in America Reading Warm-Up
Name That Shark
Where Do Organisms Come From?
Life Science Test: Animals with Backbones
Animals on the First Fleet
More Popular Animal Resources for Social Studies

Wildlife Week Resources

A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Habitat and Animals Theme
How Is Color Used by Living Things? -- Activity 4.5
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Why Are Feathers Special? -- Activity 4.2
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

There's an Owl in the Shower
Identifying Biomes
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
Animal and Insect Pictures
How Many Shrimp?
Animal Apartments
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Animal Biology Resources

Animal Adaptation Project -- Student Overview
How Do Animals Move? -- Activity 4.9
A Butterfly's Life Cycle
Geologic Time Scale and Reptile Skeletal Figures
Reading Tracks
Animal Babies and Parents
Science Fun: Basic Needs
More Animal Biology Resources

Mathematics & Animals Connected

Which Dinosaur Is Taller?
Place Value through Hundreds (Gr. 3)
Math in Science: Sorting
What is a Tuatara?
Feed the Elephants
Pets: What Will Happen Next?
Hey There, Stink Bug! Activity Guide
More Popular Animal Activities for Math Class

Animal Resources for History Class

All About the Buffalo
Animals in Uniform
The Magnificent Salmon
The Barnum & Bailey Circus
The Bald Eagle Reading Warm-Up
The Buffalo Hunters
Perfect Timing Educator's Kit
More Animal Resources for History Class

Health & Safety Resources on Animals

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

Endangered Species

Endangered Species Wordsearch
Endangered Animals
Who Gives a Hoot?
Threatened, Endangered, Extinct
Endangered Animals Hunt
Endangered Animal Species
Amphibian Population Declines
More Resources on Endangered Species


List of Rain Forest Animals
Praying Mantis Reading Warm-Up
Insects Bulletin Board
Science Reading Warm-Up: Insects
Butterfly Facts and Questions
More Insects – Teacher Resources

Aquatic Animals

How Big Is a Blue Whale?
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
What Belongs in the Ocean?
Marine Animals Alphabet Activity
Colorful Crab Color by Letter
Making a Zoo Poster
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Zoo Animals

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


Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Tyrannosaurus Sue
President Classification of Animals
Animal Defenses
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
Animals as Athletes
More Animal References

Additional Animal Resources

Animal Adaptations Resources
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