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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 (held in March each year). 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
Meet the Mammals Mini-Lesson
Introducing Deserts Mini-Lesson
Focus on Frogs Mini-Lesson
Animals of the Arctic Mini-Lesson
Animals of the Antarctic Mini-Lesson
More Mini-Lessons


What Is Adaptation?
Animal Research and Writing
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Wildlife Printables


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

Technology Resources

Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation
Kaufman Focus Guides by Kenn Kaufman

Earth Day Activities

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

Lesson Plans

Animal Walk Circuit
Plant Eaters and Meat Eaters
Owl Sculpture
Dinosaur Detectives
Snake and Sight-Words Board Game
Bird Feeders
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
More Wildlife Lesson Plans

Wildlife References

Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
President Classification of Animals
Animal Communication
Animal Defenses
Animal Vocabulary
Animal Fathers
More Wildlife References


A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
The Summer of the Swans
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs -- Background Information
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Systems
Books to Use When Teaching Fables
Amphibian Population Declines
More Wildlife Articles

Wildlife Activities for Art & Drama

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

Literature Resources on Wildlife

Touching Spirit Bear and Ghost of Spirit Bear Reading Guide
The Race of Toad and Deer
On the Far Side of the Mountain
Birds as Symbols and Omens
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Birds Teacher's Guide
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Animal Disguises Teacher's Guide
Kingfisher Knowledge Guide: Dangerous Creatures Teacher's Guide
More Literature Resources on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

How Do Some Animals Communicate? -- Activity 4.10
Elephants Reading Warm-Up
Chimpanzee Reading Passage
Gorilla Reading Passage
Animals, Animals, Animals
Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Praying Mantis Reading Passage
More Popular Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

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

Children's Science Activities on Wildlife

Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Project Reptile
Basics of Bird-Watching
Care and Handling of Live Reptiles and Amphibians
Measuring Turtle Length and Age
Planimal House
Which Mammal Group?
More Children's Science Activities on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Earth Science Class

Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Geologic Time Scale and Reptile Skeletal Figures
Science Reading Warm-Up: Mammals
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
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

Plant & Animal Visuals Slideshow
Camouflaged Butterflies
Animal & Insect Transparencies Slideshow
Animals and Their Colorful Markings
Animal Groups Matching
Why Migration? -- Thinking Scientifically
More Resources on Insects

Endangered Species Resources

Endangered Interview
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Science and Language Arts: Tigers in Trouble
Boa Constrictor Reading Warm-Up
Animals Reading Warm-Up: Bison
Zebras Reading Warm-Up
Save the Koala

Aquatic Wildlife Resources

What Belongs in the Ocean?
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
Killer Whales Reading Warm-Up
Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Sea Turtle Scientist Discussion & Activity Guide with Common Core Connections
The Dolphins of Shark Bay Common Core Discussion & Activity Guide
More Oceans – Teacher Resources

Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Orangutan Reading Passage
Anaconda Reading Passage
Mexican Milksnake and Coralsnake Drawings
Reptile and Amphibian Checklist
Eastern Newt Species Account
Long-Lived Turtles
Reptiles and Amphibians Through the Ages
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Social Studies & Wildlife Connected

Create a Turkey
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
The Boy Who Drew Birds Teacher's Guide
Protecting Australia's Native Wildlife
Ice Dogs Common Core Discussion Questions & Activities
More Social Studies Resources on Wildlife

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