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


Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
What Is Adaptation?
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Animal Research and Writing
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
More Popular Wildlife Printables


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

Technology Resources

Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation
Kaufman Focus Guides by Kenn Kaufman

Earth Day Activities

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

Lesson Plans

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

Wildlife References

Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
President Classification of Animals
Animal Group Terms
Animal Vocabulary
Animal Fathers
Animal Defenses
Birds as Symbols and Omens
More Wildlife References


A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
The Summer of the Swans
Reptiles and Amphibians Through the Ages
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Systems
Food Webs of Reptiles and Amphibians
The Race of Toad and Deer
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
More Wildlife Articles

Wildlife Activities for Art & Drama

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

Literature Resources on Wildlife

The Summer of the Swans
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Birds Teacher's Guide
Touching Spirit Bear and Ghost of Spirit Bear Reading Guide
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
On the Far Side of the Mountain
Animals & Actions Word Match Up for Monkey See, Look At Me
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
More Literature Resources on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Animal Research and Writing
Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Snake Facts Game Board
The Summer of the Swans
Anaconda Reading Passage
How Do Some Animals Communicate? -- Activity 4.10
Orangutan Reading Passage
More Popular Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Jungle
Eyewitness: Bird
Eyewitness: Amphibian
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
DK First Animal Encyclopedia
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science

Children's Science Activities on Wildlife

Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Plant Eaters and Meat Eaters
Can You Design a Better Bird? -- Activity 4.13
Animal Groups Matching
Care and Handling of Live Reptiles and Amphibians
Measuring Turtle Length and Age
Planimal House
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
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
The Summer of the Swans
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 and Writing
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
Julie's Wolf Pack Reader's Guide
What Animal Do I Admire?
Cub's Big World Story Hour Kit
Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads
More Polar Regions – Teacher Resources

Resources on Insects

Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Plant & Animal Visuals Slideshow
Animal & Insect Transparencies Slideshow
Animal Groups Matching
More Resources on Insects

Endangered Species Resources

Wetlands Life Worksheet
Marsupials – Matching Activity
Amphibian Population Declines
Science and Language Arts: Tigers in Trouble
Animals Reading Warm-Up: Bison
Endangered Interview
Protecting Australia's Native Wildlife

Aquatic Wildlife Resources

What Belongs in the Ocean?
Killer Whales Reading Warm-Up
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
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

Animal Research and Writing
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Anaconda Reading Passage
Orangutan Reading Passage
Gorilla Reading Passage
Praying Mantis Reading Passage
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Social Studies & Wildlife Connected

The Summer of the Swans
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Create a Turkey
Kingfisher Knowledge Guide: Dangerous Creatures Teacher's Guide
The Boy Who Drew Birds Teacher's Guide
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads
More Social Studies Resources on Wildlife

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