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


Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades K-1)
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Top 10 Animal-Themed Graphic Organizers
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 1-3)
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 2-4)
Animal & Insect Transparencies Slideshow
Animals Printables Slideshow (Grades 4-6)

Printables for Grades K-2

Life in the Sea
Tyrannosaurus Rex Cut-Out
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
And Tango Makes Three Educator's Guide
Insects in the Garden
Food From Plants and Animals
"Dear Zoo" Flap Book
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Layers of the Rain Forest Worksheets
Vertebrate and Invertebrate Animals
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
T. Rex Pop-Up Activity
What Is Adaptation?
Body Parts of an Ant
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Animal Research and Writing
An Animal Puzzle
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Marine Animals Alphabet Activity
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
Animal Cell/Plant Cell (Blank) Printable
Why Are Feathers Special? -- Activity 4.2
More Popular Animal Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Printable List of Rain Forest Animals
Life Science Diagnostic Test
Where Is Life Found in the Ocean?
Summer of the Wolves Discussion Guide
Measuring Turtle Length and Age
Planarians and Light
Finding Your Way Around a Sheepdog Trial
More Popular Animal Printables

Graphic Organizers

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


Animal Classification Quiz
General Science Quiz
Insects Don't Bug Me Quiz
Mammals 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 Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
How Big Is a Blue Whale?
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
Animals of the Rainforest
Plant Eaters and Meat Eaters
More Popular Animal Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans for Grades 7-12

What Foods Attract Ants?
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Dinosaur Detectives
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
Discover a Pond Food Web
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
More Animal Lesson Plans

Animals & Technology Connected

Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation
Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation: Student Planning Pages
Microscopic Organisms
Man's Best Friend Rubric
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

Playing Prehistorics
The Barnum & Bailey Circus
Silly Sea Songs
Animal Tracking Song
More Music and Drama Activities on Animals

Animal Activities for Art Class

Classroom Guide for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
Brontosaurus Cut-Out
Rain Forest Animals
Papier-Mâché Piggy Bank
Sea Animal Patterns
Farm Animals Matching
Hey There, Stink Bug! Activity Guide
More Popular Animal Art Activities

Animals in Literature

Charlotte's Web
Animal Farm Literature Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
Jumanji Teacher's Guide
Diary of a Worm Classroom Activities
More Popular Literature Resources on Animals

Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Science Reading Warm-Up: Tundra
Snake and Sight-Words Board Game
Science Reading Warm-Up: Butterflies
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
More Popular Animal Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

One Million Things: Animal Life
Eyewitness: Eagle & Birds of Prey
Eyewitness: Jungle
Eye Wonder: Mammals
Eye Wonder: Birds
Eyewitness: Arctic & Antarctic
Little Brainwaves Investigate: Animals
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
Spring Crossword Puzzle I
Where Are the Animals?
A Fishy Word Search
A Bird Word Search
Search for the Animals
Animal Life Puzzles
In the Pond
Make a Puzzle
Animals Black and White Discussion and Game

Social Studies & Animals Connected

An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
The World of Rosemary Wells
Chicken in the Egg
The Summer of the Swans
Name That Shark
Jane Goodall, Ethologist
More Popular Animal Resources for Social Studies

Wildlife Week Resources

Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
How Is Color Used by Living Things? -- Activity 4.5
What Belongs in the Ocean?
More Wildlife Teacher Resources

Earth Day Activities

There's an Owl in the Shower
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Animal and Insect Pictures
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Animal Apartments
Animal Apartments -- Student Worksheet
Classifying Cerealites
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Animal Biology Resources

Animal Adaptation Project -- Student Overview
A Butterfly's Life Cycle
Geologic Time Scale and Reptile Skeletal Figures
Reading Tracks
Animals Upside Down Educator's Guide
Reptile and Amphibian Life Span and Life History
Bird or Mammal?
More Animal Biology Resources

Mathematics & Animals Connected

Great, Big Enormous Animals
Which Dinosaur Is Taller?
Favorite Animal Graph
Spider Count
Mouse Fingers
Making a Bar Graph
Communities -- Teacher Checklist
More Popular Animal Activities for Math Class

Animal Resources for History Class

Animals in Uniform
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
The Buffalo Hunters
The Magnificent Salmon
The Bald Eagle Reading Warm-Up
History of Bison in America Reading Warm-Up
How the Chinese Use Insects
More Animal Resources for History Class

Health & Safety Resources on Animals

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

Endangered Species

Endangered Species Wordsearch
Endangered Animals
Endangered Animals Hunt
Wetlands Life Worksheet
Amphibian Population Declines
Endangered Animal Species
The Hunt Is On
More Resources on Endangered Species


List of Rain Forest Animals
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Insects Bulletin Board
Am I an Insect?
Insect Habitats
Two Bad Ants Teacher's Guide
More Insects – Teacher Resources

Aquatic Animals

Big, Bigger, Biggest
Ralph Masiello's Ocean Drawing Book Coloring Page
STEM Activities for Stink and the Shark Sleepover
Silly Sea Horse Color by Letter
Sea Creatures: Would You Rather...
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Zoo Animals

Zoo Animals
Lion Mask Cut-Out
Making a Zoo Poster
The Petting Zoo
Science and Technology: Fake Trees and Giraffes
Science, Technology, and Society: Zoos that Are News
Draw a Path to My Door
More Resources on Zoo Animals


Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Did Birds Evolve from Dinosaurs?
Animal Defenses
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
Animals as Athletes
Animal Cloning: Facts and Fallacies
Animal Vocabulary: Families and Behavior
More Animal References

Additional Animal Resources

Animal Adaptations Resources
Dinosaurs Theme


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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