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


Why Are Wetlands Important to the Environment?
Can You Design a Better Bird? -- Activity 4.13
Reading Warm-Up 10 for Gr. 5 & 6: Animals
Boa Constrictor Reading Warm-Up
What Is Adaptation?
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
More Popular Wildlife Printables


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

Technology Resources

Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation
Kaufman Focus Guides by Kenn Kaufman

Earth Day Activities

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

Lesson Plans

Plant Eaters and Meat Eaters
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Animal Walk Circuit
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Bird Feeders
Owl Sculpture
Snake and Sight-Words Board Game
More Wildlife Lesson Plans

Wildlife References

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


A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
Reptiles and Amphibians Through the Ages
The Summer of the Swans
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Systems
Amphibian Population Declines
Reptile and Amphibian Life Span and Life History
Food Webs of Reptiles and Amphibians
More Wildlife Articles

Wildlife Activities for Art & Drama

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

Literature Resources on Wildlife

Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
Spot the Differences Activity for Monkey See, Look At Me
Touching Spirit Bear and Ghost of Spirit Bear Reading Guide
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Animal Disguises Teacher's Guide
Literature & Math: Stories about Animal Homes
The Dolphins of Shark Bay Common Core Discussion & Activity Guide
Ice Dogs Common Core Discussion Questions & Activities
More Literature Resources on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Reading Warm-Up 13 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: The Saolo
Animal Research and Writing
Reading Warm-Up 12 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Zebras Reading Warm-Up
Penguins Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Wildlife Activities 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 Earth Science

Children's Science Activities on Wildlife

Basics of Bird-Watching
Animal Groups Matching
Animal Home Puzzles
Care and Handling of Live Reptiles and Amphibians
Measuring Turtle Length and Age
Project Reptile
Planimal House
More Children's Science Activities on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Earth Science Class

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
Dinosaur Detectives
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

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

Resources on Insects

Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Praying Mantis Reading Passage
Animal & Insect Transparencies Slideshow
Why Migration? -- Thinking Scientifically
Camouflaged Butterflies
Animals and Their Colorful Markings
Kingfisher Knowledge Guide: Dangerous Creatures Teacher's Guide
More Resources on Insects

Endangered Species Resources

Reading Warm-Up 15 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
Wetlands Life Worksheet
Endangered Interview
Marsupials – Matching Activity
Save the Koala
Science and Language Arts: Tigers in Trouble
Protecting Australia's Native Wildlife

Aquatic Wildlife Resources

What Belongs in the Ocean?
Reading Warm-Up 11 for Gr. 3 & 4: Animals
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
Sea Turtle Scientist Discussion & Activity Guide with Common Core Connections
More Oceans – Teacher Resources

Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Orangutan Reading Passage
Anaconda Reading Passage
Gorilla Reading Passage
Bullfrog Food Web
Anteater Reading Passage
Chimpanzee Reading Passage
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Social Studies & Wildlife Connected

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Create a Turkey
The Race of Toad and Deer
On the Far Side of the Mountain
The Boy Who Drew Birds Teacher's Guide
More Social Studies Resources on Wildlife
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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.