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


Top 10 Animal-Themed Graphic Organizers
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades K-1)
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 1-3)
Presidential Pets
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 2-4)
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 4-6)
Life Science Across the Curriculum Printables Slideshow

Printables for Grades K-2

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Spring Crossword Puzzle I
What Is Adaptation?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
Animal Mothers and Babies
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Body Parts of an Ant
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Animal Research and Writing
Vertebrate and Invertebrate Animals
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
Animals of the Rainforest
Life in the Sea
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Dominant and Recessive Genes
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
Insects in the Garden
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
Animal Adaptations Project -- Teacher Notes
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis
Making a Bar Graph
Food Web (Blank) Printable
Activity: Interpreting Dinosaur Characteristics from Their Names
The Six Kingdoms
How Do Plant and Animal Cells Differ?
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
Amphibians Venn Diagram
In a Garden
More Animal Graphic Organizers


Animal Classification Quiz
Animal Facts Quiz
Insects Don't Bug Me Quiz
Mammals Quiz
General Science Quiz
Arthropods Quiz
Animal Habits 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
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
How Big Is a Blue Whale?
More Popular Animal Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans for Grades 7-12

What Foods Attract Ants?
Dinosaur Detectives
Is the DNA of a Cow Different from a Chicken's?
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Origins of Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
Long-Lived Turtles
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
Microscopic Organisms
75-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Voice Heard Again
All About Wolves Rubric
More Technology Activities on Animals

Music, Drama, & Animals Connected

The Barnum & Bailey Circus
Follow the Moon Teaching Ideas
Playing Prehistorics
Crocodile Smile Teaching Ideas
More Music and Drama Activities on Animals

Animal Activities for Art Class

Rain Forest Animals
"Dear Zoo" Flap Book
Classroom Guide for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
Hey There, Stink Bug! Activity Guide
Chicken in the Egg
T. Rex Pop-Up Activity
Who Gives a Hoot?
More Popular Animal Art Activities

Animals in Literature

Charlotte's Web
Animal Farm Literature Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Diary of a Worm Classroom Activities
Charlotte's Web Persuasive Letter
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
More Popular Literature Resources on Animals

Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Science and Language Arts: Design Your Own Animals
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
Bear Wants More Event Kit
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery
The Summer of the Swans
Charlotte's Web Spider Quiz
How Do Some Animals Communicate? -- Activity 4.10
More Popular Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

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

Games & Puzzles

An Animal Word Search
Where Are the Animals?
A Bird Word Search
Science Key Term Review: Life Changes over Time
Sea Mammals, Part 2
A Fishy Word Search
Animals Black and White Discussion and Game
Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express Activity Kit
Ocean Speak

Social Studies & Animals Connected

An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Bunny Mask
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Jane Goodall, Ethologist
Island of the Blue Dolphins
More Popular Animal Resources for Social Studies

Wildlife Week Resources

Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Butterfly Facts and Questions
A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Why Are Feathers Special? -- Activity 4.2
Animal Adaptation Project -- Student Overview
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

There's an Owl in the Shower
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
Animal and Insect Pictures
How Many Shrimp?
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
Identifying Biomes
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Animal Biology Resources

A Butterfly's Life Cycle
Science Fun: Basic Needs
Reading Tracks
How Was That Sheep Cloned?
How Do Animals Move? -- Activity 4.9
Reptile and Amphibian Life Span and Life History
Animal Brains
More Animal Biology Resources

Mathematics & Animals Connected

Which Dinosaur Is Taller?
Pets: What Will Happen Next?
Favorite Animal Graph
Place Value through Hundreds (Gr. 3)
Literature & Math: If You Hopped Like a Frog
Going Fishing: Counting Activity
Alligator Snacks
More Popular Animal Activities for Math Class

Animal Resources for History Class

Captive Whales Reading Warm-Up
Animals on the First Fleet
Animals in Uniform
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

The Ants Have It!
Food From Plants and Animals
Join the Firefighters!
Disease-Carrying Animals
Wild Critters Vocabulary
More Health & Safety Resources on Animals

Endangered Species

Endangered Species Wordsearch
Endangered Animals
Endangered Animals Hunt
Threatened, Endangered, Extinct
Marsupials – Matching Activity
Wetlands Life Worksheet
Some Endangered Animals Little Books
More Resources on Endangered Species


List of Rain Forest Animals
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Am I an Insect?
Butterfly Garden
Insects Bulletin Board
Insect Habitats
More Insects – Teacher Resources

Aquatic Animals

Sharks Reading Warm-Up
What Belongs in the Ocean?
Sea Creatures: Would You Rather...
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
Marine Animals Alphabet Activity
Name That Shark
Ralph Masiello's Ocean Drawing Book Coloring Page
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Zoo Animals

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


Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Animal Vocabulary: Families and Behavior
Royal Pets
Animal Defenses
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
Animals as Athletes
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!

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: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), 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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