Learning About Wild Animals

Learn About Animals with Free Resources from IFAW

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Teaching kids about animals is something I truly enjoy.  I personally LOVE animals and was a bit of an animal obsessed teenager many years ago.  I had a personal fascination with chimpanzees and dreamed of studying them in the wild. Teaching my own children about animals is fun and natural, as it is for many of you. Many of our interest based unit studies are about animals!

I am excited to share new animal preservation lesson plans, printables and teaching resources, available for free at We Are Teachers.

Animal Studies from IFAW

Keep Wild Animals Wild is available at three levels of instruction, I am most excited to share the resources available to children ages 5 to 7 {grades K-2}. Through lesson plans, a student magazine, and an awesome video students are introduced to the concepts of what makes an animal wild and how people can observe and appreciate wildlife responsibly.

The image below is the K-2 Student Magazine, which you can download for free here {just look for this image and click!}.



Take a peek at the awesome educational video made for the younger students…

I hope to dig deeper into these resources soon, especially with Ladybug, my animal lover.  I wanted to share with you now, so you can pin or save this resource to use when you are ready to dig deeper into this topic!

There are many more animal resources for students K-8 which you can access here!

Frog Unit Study and Lapbook

Exploring Frogs Unit Study and Lapbook

After our bat lapbook and our owl lapbook, she requested a frog Lapbook! She has decided she really likes making Lapbooks now!

We got our printables & ideas from:

Here is a peek at her completed lapbook, for those of you new – she is in 1st grade.  She put together the front and back all on her own, taping her creations onto the folder. The amphibians on the back were a random image search and a copy/paste job so I don’t have the rights to share those. I just printed images I found for her to color – it was a totally last minute thing she asked for!

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The elements in her Lapbook were not planned out well, so we had to get creative fitting them in.  Most were actually notebooking pages we used.  We got it all stuck in and she loves it, which is what counts!

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We gathered all of our toy frogs and books and went to the library for even more frog books!

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I made a mini pond out of green, blue and clear water beads and added our frogs to it.

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We didn’t follow a strict plan, just read books, watched frog videos, and did some notebooking pages and a comparing frogs and toads mini book. I followed her lead with the activities I chose.  I did not print all of our resources ahead of time, I did it day by day based on what we read and what she was interested in.  Or animal unit studies are very casual.

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She made an acorn frog with her dad.

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Making frog puppets was a BIG favorite, we spent lots of time learning through that project.

Frog Puppet Craft and Frog Facts Printable  Frog Books for Kids


See our other animal unit studies and lapbooks…

Bat Unit Study  Owl Unit Study and Lapbook

Frog Puppets with Free Frog Facts Printable

Frog Puppet Craft and Frog Facts Printable

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We have been studying frogs lately – my daughter’s choice. We have learned a ton and will be sharing a full post of all we used and learned very soon.  During our frog unit study we made some frog puppets which were all her idea!

She has these frogs and asked me if we could make a craft to look like them.  I quickly thought of the old frog paper bag craft and showed her a bit about how it could be done and then let her go with her ideas.  First, she painted each bag to look similar to her favorite frogs.

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After the bags dried, we worked together to give them arms, legs and a tongue.  I traced the arms and legs with her and we cut them out together  I showed her how to curl the tongue on one and she did the rest.

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She loved these puppets so much I decided to expand on her interest and throw in more learning fun.  I looked up each of the frogs she had chosen and created a simple info card for her to tape to the back of each bag.

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She was so excited to learn the real name of each frog and where it lives!

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For even more learning fun, we got out our big Little Passports map and found where each frog lives. 

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Her finished frog collection, which will probably stay displayed like this for awhile, she still loves them!

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Here’s the printable I made for her featuring her favorite 4 frogs.  I included a blank page in case you have different favorites that we didn’t include. 

Download the free frog facts printable here!

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Frog Books for Kids

See fun FROG ideas here on our Pinterest board

Owl Unit Study and Lapbook

Owl Unit Study and Lapbook

After our bat lapbook she told me she didn’t like lapbooks.  As you will see in this post, she changed her mind.  She requested to make a lapbook and loved the process! I was all ready to make something new, or just study and not make a lapbook but thankfully she warmed up to the idea!


We got our printables from:

Here is a peek at her completed lapbook, for those of you new – she is in 1st grade.  She put together the front and back all on her own, taping her creations onto the folder.

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We worked on lining up the inside together to be sure it all fit.

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She has a few stuffed owls, so of course they came to visit.  We hit the library for owl books, these 3 were our favorites.

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I printed the owl coloring pages at half size and put them together like this…

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She loved these!

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Some of the owls got turned into bigger creations!

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We worked on the lapbook components one at a time, reading one of our books to find the information.

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Painting owls was a favorite!

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Showing her completed lapbook to her Daddy.  She was so excited and it was a great review!

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See our owl books and toys here

Owl Books for Kids

See her Bat Unit Study and Lapbook here!

Bat Unit Study

Just Color! Owl Coloring Printables

Free OWL Coloring Printables

We have a brand new set of Owl Coloring printables for you!

The idea behind “Just Color!” is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

If you want to make a mini coloring book, you can scale down PDF files, like we did as you can see below! 

Owl Coloring Printables

I prepped the little owl coloring book for my daughter by scaling down to 2 per page.  I then trimmed around the edges, leaving extra space at the top.  I punched holes and attached with metal rings rather than staples.  She likes to take the pages off as she works on them, and this keeps them nice!

Owl Coloring Printables


Here’s a peek at the different owl coloring pages in this free printable set!

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Download the Owls coloring printables and more here!

Look for this graphic and click to download!

Owl Coloring Printables

If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

Looking for more OWL fun?  Check out our Owl Pinterest board here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Owl Theme on Pinterest.