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Wildlife Teacher Resources

Look below to find plenty of cross-curricular printables, lesson plans, quizzes, and references for National Wildlife Week. Bring nature into your classroom with these great wildlife teaching resources for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Activities include bird-watching, reading comprehension passages, and fun art projects. Students will enjoy learning about wild plants and the animals that live in the rain forests, oceans, and polar regions.

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

The Amazing Rain Forest Mini-Lesson
Characteristics of Mammals Mini-Lesson
Animals of the Arctic Mini-Lesson
Introducing Deserts Mini-Lesson
Focus on Frogs Mini-Lesson
Meet the Mammals Mini-Lesson
Animals of the Antarctic Mini-Lesson
More Mini-Lessons


Reading Warm-Up 12 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Puffins
What Is Adaptation?
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Giraffes
What Is Wildlife Conservation?
Animal Research and Writing
Why Are Feathers Special? -- Activity 4.2
More Popular Wildlife Printables


Animal Classification Quiz
General Science Quiz
Animal Facts Quiz
Arthropods Quiz
Kinds of Animals Quiz
Animal Habits Quiz
Mammals Quiz

Technology Resources

Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation
Kaufman Focus Guides by Kenn Kaufman

Earth Day Activities

Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
There's an Owl in the Shower
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Threats to Tropical Rain Forests
National Park System of the United States
Why Are Wetlands Important to the Environment?
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Lesson Plans

Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Plant Eaters and Meat Eaters
Animal Walk Circuit
Bird Feeders
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Dinosaur Detectives
Owl Sculpture
More Wildlife Lesson Plans

Wildlife References

Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Disease-Carrying Animals
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Animal Defenses
Gestation and Longevity of Animals
Birds as Symbols and Omens
Animal Vocabulary
More Wildlife References


A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Systems
The Summer of the Swans
Reptiles and Amphibians Through the Ages
Reptile and Amphibian Life Span and Life History
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs -- Background Information
The Race of Toad and Deer
More Wildlife Articles

Wildlife Activities for Art & Drama

Can You Make a Feather? -- Activity 4.4
Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads
Large Creatures
Monkey See, Look At Me Coloring Page
3-Person Silly Animals
The Barnyard Song

Literature Resources on Wildlife

Ice Dogs Common Core Discussion Questions & Activities
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Animal Disguises Teacher's Guide
Touching Spirit Bear and Ghost of Spirit Bear Reading Guide
Spot the Differences Activity for Monkey See, Look At Me
Books to Use When Teaching Fables
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Kingfisher Knowledge Guide: Dangerous Creatures Teacher's Guide
More Literature Resources on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: The Gila Monster
Reading Warm-Up 11 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Emperor Penguins
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
Reading Warm-Up 10 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
How Do Some Animals Communicate? -- Activity 4.10
More Popular Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Jungle
Eye Wonder: Mammals
One Million Things: Animal Life
Eye Wonder: Birds
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 Earth Science

Children's Science Activities on Wildlife

Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Can You Design a Better Bird? -- Activity 4.13
Animal Groups Matching
Measuring Turtle Length and Age
Basics of Bird-Watching
Care and Handling of Live Reptiles and Amphibians
Planimal House
More Children's Science Activities on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Earth Science Class

Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Geologic Time Scale and Reptile Skeletal Figures
Science Reading Warm-Up: Mammals
More Wildlife Activities for Earth Science Class

Wild Plants

Edible Wild Plants
Wildflowers and Their Families
Layers of the Rain Forest
The Sunflower
Flower and Leaf Press
Plants of the Rain Forest
More Plants (Botany) – Teacher Resources

Wildlife in Polar Regions

Animal Research - Plan Ahead
Julie's Wolf Pack Reader's Guide
Cub's Big World Story Hour Kit
What Animal Do I Admire?
More Polar Regions – Teacher Resources

Resources on Insects

Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Praying Mantis Reading Passage
Camouflaged Butterflies
Plant & Animal Visuals Slideshow
Animal & Insect Transparencies Slideshow
Why Migration? -- Thinking Scientifically
Animals and Their Colorful Markings
More Resources on Insects

Endangered Species Resources

Save the Koala
Endangered Interview
Wetlands Life Worksheet
Amphibian Population Declines
Marsupials – Matching Activity
Science and Language Arts: Tigers in Trouble
Reading Warm-Up 15 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals

Aquatic Wildlife Resources

What Belongs in the Ocean?
Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
The Dolphins of Shark Bay Common Core Discussion & Activity Guide
Sea Turtle Scientist Discussion & Activity Guide with Common Core Connections
More Oceans – Teacher Resources

Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Bullfrog Food Web
Orangutan Reading Passage
Anaconda Reading Passage
Gorilla Reading Passage
Long-Lived Turtles
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
Reptile and Amphibian Checklist
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Social Studies & Wildlife Connected

Create a Turkey
On the Far Side of the Mountain
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
The Boy Who Drew Birds Teacher's Guide
Protecting Australia's Native Wildlife
More Social Studies Resources on Wildlife
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April Calendar of Events
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Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
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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.