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


What Is Adaptation?
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Vertebrates and Invertebrates Word Fill-In
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Animal Research and Writing
Animal Adaptations Project -- Worksheet 1
More Popular Wildlife Printables


General Science Quiz
Mammals Quiz
Animal Classification 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
Why Are Wetlands Important to the Environment?
What Is Wildlife Conservation?
Threats to Tropical Rain Forests
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Lesson Plans

Plant Eaters and Meat Eaters
Owl Sculpture
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Bird Feeders
Hands & Feet Reindeer Heads
Animal Walk Circuit
Long-Lived Turtles
More Wildlife Lesson Plans

Wildlife References

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


A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
The Summer of the Swans
Reptile and Amphibian Life Span and Life History
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Systems
Mystery of the Malformed Frogs -- Background Information
On the Far Side of the Mountain
NSTA Recommends -- Animal Adaptations
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

Spot the Differences Activity for Monkey See, Look At Me
Wild About Bears Activity & Discussion Guide
Animals Upside Down Educator's Guide
Egg: Nature's Perfect Package Educator's Guide
Birds as Symbols and Omens
Books to Use When Teaching Fables
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
More Literature Resources on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Polar Bears Reading Warm-Up
Emperor Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
How Do Some Animals Communicate? -- Activity 4.10
Elephants Reading Warm-Up
Orangutan Reading Passage
Snake Facts Game Board
More Popular Wildlife Activities for Reading & Language Arts

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Jungle
Eye Wonder: Birds
Eyewitness: Amphibian
E.Guides: Mammal
Eyewitness: Eagle & Birds of Prey
Eyewitness: Arctic & Antarctic
One Million Things: Animal Life
Eye Wonder: Mammals
Little Brainwaves Investigate: Animals
Eyewitness: Mammal
Eyewitness: Bird
DK First Animal Encyclopedia
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science

Children's Science Activities on Wildlife

Can You Design a Better Bird? -- Activity 4.13
Measuring Turtle Length and Age
Planimal House
Care and Handling of Live Reptiles and Amphibians
Basics of Bird-Watching
Which Mammal Group?
Project Reptile
More Children's Science Activities on Wildlife

Wildlife Activities for Earth Science Class

How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Geologic Time Scale and Reptile Skeletal Figures
Dinosaur Detectives
Science Reading Warm-Up: Mammals
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
Butterfly Facts and Questions
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
Cub's Big World Story Hour Kit
What Animal Do I Admire?
More Polar Regions – Teacher Resources

Resources on Insects

Camouflaged Butterflies
Animal & Insect Transparencies Slideshow
Plant & Animal Visuals Slideshow
Kingfisher Knowledge Guide: Dangerous Creatures Teacher's Guide
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Animal Groups Matching
Praying Mantis Reading Passage
More Resources on Insects

Endangered Species Resources

Marsupials – Matching Activity
Science and Language Arts: Tigers in Trouble
Amphibian Population Declines
Why Care About Amphibian Population Decline and Malformations?
Endangered Interview
Zebras Reading Warm-Up
Animals Reading Warm-Up: Bison

Aquatic Wildlife Resources

What Belongs in the Ocean?
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
Penguins Reading Warm-Up
Killer Whales Reading Warm-Up
The Dolphins of Shark Bay Common Core Discussion & Activity Guide
Sea Turtle Scientist Discussion & Activity Guide with Common Core Connections
More Oceans – Teacher Resources

Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Reptile and Amphibian Checklist
Eastern Newt Species Account
Bullfrog Food Web
NSTA Recommends -- Reptiles and Amphibians
The Race of Toad and Deer
Reptiles and Amphibians Through the Ages
Reptile and Amphibian Defense Strategies
More Popular Rain Forest Wildlife Activities

Social Studies & Wildlife Connected

Create a Turkey
The Boy Who Drew Birds Teacher's Guide
Protecting Australia's Native Wildlife
Touching Spirit Bear and Ghost of Spirit Bear Reading Guide
Ice Dogs Common Core Discussion Questions & Activities
More Social Studies Resources on Wildlife


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Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
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August Calendar of Events
August is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Friendship Day (8/2), President Obama's Birthday (8/4/1961), Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Birthday (8/5/1930), International Art Appreciation Day (8/9), International Youth Day (8/12), Aviation Day (8/19), Tooth Fairy Day (8/22), International Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade & Its Abolition (8/23), and Women's Equality Day (8/26). Plus, celebrate Back to School Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month all August long!

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Poptropica Teaching Guides
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