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


What Is Adaptation?
Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Animal Research and Writing
More Popular Wildlife Printables


Animal Classification Quiz
Kinds of Animals Quiz
Arthropods Quiz
Mammals Quiz
General Science Quiz
Animal Facts Quiz
Animal Habits 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
Why Are Wetlands Important to the Environment?
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs Lesson Plan
What Is Wildlife Conservation?
Extinct, Endangered, and Threatened Animals Activity
Threats to Tropical Rain Forests
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Lesson Plans

Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads
Plant Eaters and Meat Eaters
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Animal Walk Circuit
Owl Sculpture
Bird Feeders
Discover a Pond Food Web
More Wildlife Lesson Plans

Wildlife References

Vertebrates Versus Invertebrates
Some Unusual Facts About Snakes
Speed of Animals
Animal Defenses
Animal Names: Male, Female, Young
Animals as Athletes
Animal Group Terms
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
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
3-Person Silly Animals
Large Creatures
Monkey See, Look At Me Coloring Page
The Barnyard Song

Literature Resources on Wildlife

Touching Spirit Bear and Ghost of Spirit Bear Reading Guide
The Boy Who Drew Birds Teacher's Guide
Literature & Math: Stories About Animal Homes
Ice Dogs Common Core Discussion Questions & Activities
Birds as Symbols and Omens
Books to Use When Teaching Fables
On the Far Side of the Mountain
More Literature Resources on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Great-Horned Owls Reading Warm-Up
The Gila Monster Reading Warm-Up
Hummingbirds Reading Warm-Up
How Do Some Animals Communicate? -- Activity 4.10
Anaconda Reading Passage
Orangutan Reading Passage
More Popular Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

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

Wildlife Activities for Earth Science Class

How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Butterfly Facts and Questions
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

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

Resources on Insects

Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Why Migration? -- Thinking Scientifically
Camouflaged Butterflies
Plant & Animal Visuals Slideshow
Kingfisher Knowledge Guide: Dangerous Creatures Teacher's Guide
Animal & Insect Transparencies Slideshow
Animal Groups Matching
More Resources on Insects

Endangered Species Resources

Marsupials – Matching Activity
Science and Language Arts: Tigers in Trouble
Animals Reading Warm-Up: Bison
Boa Constrictor Reading Warm-Up
Zebras Reading Warm-Up
Endangered Interview
Saving the Ghost of the Mountain Endangered Animal Trading Cards

Aquatic Wildlife Resources

Killer Whales Reading Warm-Up
What Belongs in the Ocean?
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
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

Gorilla Reading Passage
Chimpanzee Reading Passage
Mimics Survive -- Camouflaged Reptiles
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
Reptile and Amphibian Checklist
Long-Lived Turtles
Bullfrog Food Web
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Social Studies & Wildlife Connected

Create a Turkey
The Race of Toad and Deer
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Protecting Australia's Native Wildlife
More Social Studies Resources on Wildlife

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