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

Printables

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

Quizzes

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

Technology Resources

Animal Report PowerPoint Presentation
Kaufman Focus Guides by Kenn Kaufman

Earth Day Activities

National Park System of the United States
There's an Owl in the Shower
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
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
Dinosaur Detectives
Owl Sculpture
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads
More Wildlife Lesson Plans

Wildlife References

Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Animal Defenses
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
Animals as Athletes
Animal Vocabulary: Families and Behavior
Misnamed Animals
More Wildlife References

Articles

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

Wildlife Activities for Art & Drama

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

Literature Resources on Wildlife

My First Day: What Animals Do on Day One Educator's Guide
Egg: Nature's Perfect Package Educator's Guide
Animals Upside Down Educator's Guide
Kingfisher Knowledge Guide: Dangerous Creatures Teacher's Guide
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do Educator's Guide
Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World Educator's Guide
More Literature Resources on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Science Reading Warm-Up: Mammals
Animals, Animals, Animals
Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Sloths Reading Warm-Up
Rattlesnakes Reading Warm-Up
Leopards Reading Warm-Up
Orangutan Reading Passage
More Popular Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

One Million Things: Animal Life
Eyewitness: Eagle & Birds of Prey
Eyewitness: Jungle
Eye Wonder: Mammals
Eye Wonder: Birds
Eyewitness: Arctic & Antarctic
Little Brainwaves Investigate: Animals
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
Measuring Turtle Length and Age
Bird Feeders
Planimal House
Basics of Bird-Watching
Project Reptile
Which Mammal Group?
More Children's Science Activities on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Earth Science Class

Butterfly Facts and Questions
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Geologic Time Scale and Reptile Skeletal Figures
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

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

Endangered Species Resources

Wetlands Life Worksheet
Amphibian Population Declines
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Science and Language Arts: Tigers in Trouble
Endangered Interview
Animals Reading Warm-Up: Bison
Boa Constrictor Reading Warm-Up

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

Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
Reptile and Amphibian Checklist
NSTA Recommends -- Reptiles and Amphibians
Eastern Newt Species Account
Long-Lived Turtles
Mexican Milksnake and Coralsnake Drawings
Bullfrog Food Web
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Social Studies & Wildlife Connected

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
The Race of Toad and Deer
Create a Turkey
On the Far Side of the Mountain
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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Poptropica Teaching Guides
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July Calendar of Events
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Videos
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