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

Slideshows

Top 10 Animal-Themed Graphic Organizers
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades K-1)
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 4-6)
Life Science Across the Curriculum Printables Slideshow
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 1-3)
Animal & Insect Transparencies Slideshow

Printables for Grades K-2

Can You Design a Better Bird? -- Activity 4.13
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Are You an Ant? Teacher's Guide
What Is Adaptation?
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Body Parts of an Ant
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Animals Printable Book (4-6)
Reading Warm-Up 10 for Gr. 5 & 6: Animals
Boa Constrictor Reading Warm-Up
Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Vertebrate and Invertebrate Animals
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

What Are Worms?
How Does Climate Affect Living Things?
Where Is Life Found in the Ocean?
Activity: Interpreting Dinosaur Characteristics from Their Names
What Are Reptiles?
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Insects in the Garden
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Printable List of Rain Forest Animals
What Are Echinoderms?
What Are Energy Pyramids?
Activity: Animals in a Food Web
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
How Do Animals Use Sound?
How Are Living Things Classified?
More Popular Animal Printables

Graphic Organizers

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

Quizzes

Animal Classification Quiz
Animal Facts Quiz
Insects Don't Bug Me Quiz
Mammals Quiz
General Science Quiz
Arthropods 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
What Am I? Icebreaker
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
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?
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
What Foods Attract Ants?
Origins of Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
Long-Lived Turtles
Discover a Pond Food Web
More Animal Lesson Plans

Animals & Technology Connected

Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation
Insects on the Internet
Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation: Student Planning Pages
Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation: Teacher Planning Page
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

The Beetles and the Bedbugs Song
Playing Prehistorics
The Barnyard Song
Silly Sea Songs
More Music and Drama Activities on Animals

Animal Activities for Art Class

"Dear Zoo" Flap Book
Rain Forest Animals
Who Gives a Hoot?
Circus Lion
Classroom Guide for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
Some Endangered Animals Little Books
Farm Animals Matching
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
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
Jumanji Teacher's Guide
More Popular Literature Resources on Animals

Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Reading Warm-Up 13 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Cats
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: The Saolo
Life in the Sea
Animal Research and Writing
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
Reading Warm-Up 12 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
More Popular Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

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

Games & Puzzles

Spring Crossword Puzzle I
An Animal Word Search
A Bird Word Search
A Fishy Word Search
Sea Mammals, Part 1
Where Are the Animals?
Search for the Animals
Holiday Plants and Animals
Make a Puzzle
Animal Life Puzzles

Social Studies & Animals Connected

Designer Snakes
The Summer of the Swans
Stellaluna
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
And Tango Makes Three Educator's Guide
An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
More Popular Animal Resources for Social Studies

Wildlife Week Resources

Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Zebras Reading Warm-Up
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

Identifying Biomes
There's an Owl in the Shower
Pests, Pesticides, and the Environment Activity
What Are Viruses & Bacteria?
What Is Balance in an Ecosystem?
Threats to Tropical Rain Forests
Animal and Insect Pictures
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Animal Biology Resources

A Butterfly's Life Cycle
The Parts of a Plant Cell and an Animal Cell
What Are Amphibians?
Animal Adaptation Project -- Student Overview
Reading Tracks
How Do Animal Embryos Develop?
How Do Plant and Animal Cells Differ?
More Animal Biology Resources

Mathematics & Animals Connected

Making a Bar Graph
Which Dinosaur Is Taller?
Great Giraffes
Place Value through Hundreds (Gr. 3)
Literature & Math: If You Hopped Like a Frog
Hey There, Stink Bug! Activity Guide
Spider Count
More Popular Animal Activities for Math Class

Animal Resources for History Class

Animals on the First Fleet
Animals in Uniform
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Animal Skin Clothing
All About the Buffalo
The Barnum & Bailey Circus
The Buffalo Hunters
More Animal Resources for History Class

Health & Safety Resources on Animals

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

Endangered Species

Endangered Species Wordsearch
Endangered Animals
Reading Warm-Up 15 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
Wetlands Life Worksheet
Amphibian Population Declines
The Hunt Is On
The Endangered Species Turnaround
More Resources on Endangered Species

Insects

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

Aquatic Animals

Sharks Reading Warm-Up
Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
What Belongs in the Ocean?
Reading Warm-Up 9 for Gr. 5 & 6: Animals
Marine Animals Alphabet Activity
Ralph Masiello's Ocean Drawing Book Coloring Page
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Zoo Animals

Zoo Animals
Making a Zoo Poster
The Petting Zoo
Draw a Path to My Door
Where Will You Find Them?
Jumbo the Elephant
Lion Mask Cut-Out
More Resources on Zoo Animals

References

Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
Animal Defenses
Animals as Athletes
Types of Animal Scientists
Speed of Animals
More Animal References

Additional Animal Resources

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

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water 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.

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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.