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Congratulations, your learners have just been hired as zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo! Their first job is to help set up new exhibits by researching and giving a presentation about different animals. Provide each young researcher with this project outline that includes all the specific requirements and a step-by-step description of the research process. A fun project to conclude a life science unit on ecosystems.
Have fun teaching children the alphabet with this animal alphabet matching game. Four flash cards are provided for each letter including the upper-case letter, both the upper- and lower-case letters, an animal picture, and an animal word. Additional opportunities to practice the alphabet are also provided in the form of worksheets that ask children to match letters to corresponding colors and picture of animals.
  • Include this matching game as a center during language arts rotations
  • Send a set of flash cards home with students and encourage them to play with their family
Introduce the logic behind a dichotomous key or administer a group performance assessment with a fun and challenging classification lesson. With explicit instructions for the teacher and for collaborative groups, as well as engaging visual manipulatives, your kids will enjoy looking at the pictures of the animals they are sorting, as well as using the graphic dichotomous key. They wrap up the lesson by writing a paragraph about one of the animals that was classified. Note: Time will vary depending on the age/ability level of learners.
Informational text can be exciting and really fun for young readers to explore. They'll practice their reading and comprehension skills as they read a story and complete a simple worksheet all about ocean animals. The lesson is simple, includes a great book suggestion, and provides an artistic extension activity that the class will love. 
Teach your class about the necessities of life using the book Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun. After a teacher-read-aloud, students make puppets depicting different plants and animals from the story and illustrating the habitat in which they live. The puppets are shared with the class and facilitate a discussion about the similarities and differences between plants and animals. The lesson plan calls for a two-column chart to record ideas from the discussion, but consider using a Venn diagram to better highlight comparisons. As an extension, take a nature walk with your class and have them record different plants and animals they observe.
Delight your young grammarians with an exercise about animals and the present continuous (progressive) tense. Using several word banks, learners fill in the blanks of sentences about various animals, including bird, bears, and lions.
Here is a fabulous set of activities for your young scientists. Each lesson contains map, hands-on, and game activities that will help the class understand why and how animals migrate from one place to another. First they'll examine the migratory patterns of the Painted Lady butterfly, and then they'll dive under the sea to discover how far those humpback whales travel throughout the year. 
Why are farm animals important to the community? Expand young farmers' knowledge of furry and feathered friends through stories and a video. There are several books recommended; however, you could use any book about farm animals. A video takes learners to a farm in North Carolina, where the farm owners take them on a tour of how the animals are taken care of and for what they are used. Learners research an animal of their choice, and then complete a matching activity (not included).
Learners define elements of stories from around the world that include helpful animals. They explore animal character motivations and use graphic organizers to compare and contrast animal stories from different cultures.
Kids challenge their understanding of the world around them and consider the impact man has on the environment and animal life. They examine a Tlingit piece, read two Tlingit stories about man and animals, then participate in a research project. They'll each research one animal, then write a brochure or infomercial on how that animal should be treated and what their future may hold.
Conduct a shared reading activity with a non-fiction animal book. Young researchers identify the various text features in informational texts, complete a graphic organizer to compare and contrast text feature purposes, and finally choose their own animal to research as a follow-up activity.
Learners recognize that animals played an important role for soldiers during the Civil War. For this Civil War animal mascots lesson, students explore how pets are helpful to people. Learners watch a Civil War video and complete a KWL about animal mascots during the war. Students discuss the benefits of animal mascots and loyalty of animals. Learners answer questions about animal mascots.
Celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week while teaching empathy and allegory with creature-related texts
Students discuss facts about animal habitats. In this animal lesson, students recall animal facts about habitats in an animal Bingo game. Teacher pieces and cards are already created and ready to print out.
The Kwakwaka'wakw are indigenous people from Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The class analyzes a Kwakwak'wakw ceremonial mask, how it was used, and its cultural significance. They then create animal masks representing their favorite animals. Art, culture, and creation!
Explore the wonderful world of earthworms as your class learns about the requirements of animal life. After building soda bottle terrariums, students observe worms over the course of a couple weeks, building an understanding that all animals need food and water to survive. Consider swapping out the worms for a different animal to make for more meaningful and interesting observations. The lesson does require a fair amount of preparation, so be sure to plan ahead.
Using a piece of pink paper as the cytoplasm of an animal cell, beginning biologists color and cut out organelles on the handout to glue onto their cell models. Afterward, they create a list of the structures and describe the function of each.
Students explore the 12 symbolic animals of the Chinese zodiac,how these animals were chosen, and the personality traits that correspond to each animal. They explain the Chinese calendar.
Students identify the types of animals that may be found on a farm and the resources they provide for people. They read and discuss a variety of books about farm animals, write a description of a farm animal, play an animal/resource matching game, and create a class mural.
Students educate themselves as consumers. For this animal welfare lesson, students research the pros and cons of testing cosmetics on animals. Students develop alternatives for cosmetics testing and share their results with their peers.

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