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


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

Printables for Grades K-2

Life in the Sea
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
What Is Adaptation?
Insects in the Garden
Body Parts of an Ant
What's Wrong with This Picture?
"Dear Zoo" Flap Book
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Vertebrate and Invertebrate Animals
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Animals of the Rainforest
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Animal Research and Writing
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

An Animal Word Search
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Dominant and Recessive Genes
Making a Bar Graph
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
Printable List of Rain Forest Animals
Bacteria, Plants & Animals Printable Book (6-10)
What Are Producers and Consumers?
Where Is Life Found in the Ocean?
Food Web (Blank) Printable
What Evidence Supports Evolution?
More Popular Animal Printables

Graphic Organizers

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


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

Lesson Plans for Grades K-6

Life Cycle of Butterflies
What Am I? Icebreaker
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Animals of the Rainforest
How Big Is a Blue Whale?
Snake and Sight-Words Board Game
More Popular Animal Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans for Grades 7-12

What Foods Attract Ants?
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Is the DNA of a Cow Different from a Chicken's?
Discover a Pond Food Web
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
More Animal Lesson Plans

Animals & Technology Connected

Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation
Animal Speeds
Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation: Student Planning Pages
Kaufman Focus Guides by Kenn Kaufman
Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation: Teacher Planning Page
75-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Voice Heard Again
All About Wolves Rubric
More Technology Activities on Animals

Music, Drama, & Animals Connected

Animal Tracking Song
Old MacDonald Singing Activity
Crocodile Smile Teaching Ideas
Follow the Moon Teaching Ideas
More Music and Drama Activities on Animals

Animal Activities for Art Class

T. Rex Pop-Up Activity
Tyrannosaurus Rex Cut-Out
Owl Sculpture
Brontosaurus Cut-Out
Spider Count
Ralph Masiello's Ocean Drawing Book Coloring Page
Farm Animals Matching
More Popular Animal Art Activities

Animals in Literature

Charlotte's Web
Animal Farm Literature Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Reading Warm-Up 84 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Llama Llama Activity Kit
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
More Popular Literature Resources on Animals

Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Marine Animals Alphabet Activity
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
Little Turtle Poetry Pack
More Popular Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

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

Games & Puzzles

Spring Crossword Puzzle I
A Fishy Word Search
Secret Bird Jumble
A Bird Word Search
Animals Black and White Discussion and Game
Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express Activity Kit
Find Homes for Sammy's Friends
Science Key Term Review: Life Changes over Time
Holiday Plants and Animals
Find the Missing Babies

Social Studies & Animals Connected

An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Reading Guide for The Underneath
The Fin Art of Science
Name That Shark
The Buffalo Hunters
U.S. State Birds
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
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Plant Eaters and Meat Eaters
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Why Are Feathers Special? -- Activity 4.2
Animal Adaptations Project -- Teacher Notes
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
What Is Wildlife Conservation?
What Is the Environment?
Recycling Craft Project: Make a Birdhouse
Arctic Maze
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Animal Biology Resources

Animal Adaptation Project -- Student Overview
Animal Brains
Literature & Math: Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
A Butterfly's Life Cycle
The Anatomy of a Fish (Blank) Printable
The Anatomy of an Echinoderm
The Anatomy of an Earthworm
More Animal Biology Resources

Mathematics & Animals Connected

Which Dinosaur Is Taller?
Dave the Octopus
Feed the Elephants
Pets: What Will Happen Next?
Great Giraffes
Favorite Animal Graph
My Pet Counting Book
More Popular Animal Activities for Math Class

Animal Resources for History Class

Perfect Timing Educator's Kit
How the Chinese Use Insects
History of Bison in America Reading Warm-Up
Colonial Animals: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Captive Whales Reading Warm-Up
Famous Birds Quiz
National Velvet: Horse Trivia
More Animal Resources for History Class

Health & Safety Resources on Animals

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

Endangered Species

Who Gives a Hoot?
Marsupials – Matching Activity
Endangered Animals Hunt
Endangered Animals
Some Endangered Animals Little Books
Will We Miss Them? Activity
Endangered Interview
More Resources on Endangered Species


List of Rain Forest Animals
Ladybug Pattern
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Activity Kit
The Importance of Bees
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
Insects Bulletin Board
More Insects – Teacher Resources

Aquatic Animals

Sharks Reading Warm-Up
What Belongs in the Ocean?
How Do Animals Adapt to the Change of Seasons?
Making a Zoo Poster
Draw a Story
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Zoo Animals

Zoo Animals
Science, Technology, and Society: Zoos that Are News
Where Will You Find Them?
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Apes and Monkeys Teacher's Guide
And Tango Makes Three Educator's Guide
Animals in Cages
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
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Animal Defenses
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
Animals as Athletes
Animal Cloning: Facts and Fallacies
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
More Animal References

Additional Animal Resources

Animal Adaptations Resources
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