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


What Is Adaptation?
Animal Research and Writing
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
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

There's an Owl in the Shower
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
National Park System of the United States
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
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
Bird Feeders
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Owl Sculpture
Dinosaur Detectives
Snake and Sight-Words Board Game
Long-Lived Turtles
More Wildlife Lesson Plans

Wildlife References

Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Animal Defenses
Animal Vocabulary: Families and Behavior
Disease-Carrying Animals
Animal Fathers
Animal Vocabulary
More Wildlife References


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

Wildlife Activities for Art & Drama

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

Literature Resources on Wildlife

On the Far Side of the Mountain
Books to Use When Teaching Fables
Kingfisher Knowledge Guide: Dangerous Creatures Teacher's Guide
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Animal Disguises Teacher's Guide
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Birds Teacher's Guide
The Boy Who Drew Birds Teacher's Guide
More Literature Resources on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Orangutan Reading Passage
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Emperor Penguins
How Do Some Animals Communicate? -- Activity 4.10
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
Anaconda Reading Passage
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: The Gila Monster
More Popular Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

Eye Wonder: Birds
Eyewitness: Jungle
One Million Things: Animal Life
Eyewitness: Amphibian
Eye Wonder: Mammals
Eyewitness: Arctic & Antarctic
Little Brainwaves Investigate: Animals
Eyewitness: Eagle & Birds of Prey
E.Guides: Mammal
Eyewitness: Mammal
Eyewitness: Bird
DK First Animal Encyclopedia
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
Basics of Bird-Watching
Animal Groups Matching
Measuring Turtle Length and Age
Care and Handling of Live Reptiles and Amphibians
Project Reptile
More Children's Science Activities on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Earth Science Class

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

Resources on Insects

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

Endangered Species Resources

Wetlands Life Worksheet
Marsupials – Matching Activity
Protecting Australia's Native Wildlife
Amphibian Population Declines
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Science and Language Arts: Tigers in Trouble
Boa Constrictor Reading Warm-Up

Aquatic Wildlife Resources

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

Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Bullfrog Food Web
Gorilla Reading Passage
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
Eastern Newt Species Account
NSTA Recommends -- Reptiles and Amphibians
Mexican Milksnake and Coralsnake Drawings
Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Social Studies & Wildlife Connected

Touching Spirit Bear and Ghost of Spirit Bear Reading Guide
Ice Dogs Common Core Discussion Questions & Activities
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
Create a Turkey
More Social Studies Resources on Wildlife


Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

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.

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.

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