Introduction to Zoology for Early Elementary Students ~ 12 Lesson Plans and Printables

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I hope you are having a wonderful summer!  I’m excited to share what my homeschool coop class learned last semester about animals.  I’ll be writing a detailed blog post for each week’s class, which will include a Lesson Plan, Printables, Project Instructions, Resource List, and more.  Ideas for additional art and craft projects will also be included.

Would you and your students like to have some fun studying animals this year?  Following are lists of books and resources that you will need, as well as a suggested class schedule which you can adapt to your own needs.  Each lesson plan will also include additional materials and resources needed specifically for that week.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am an affiliate of Amazon, and will receive a small commission if a link on this page is used to make a purchase.

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Weekly Lesson Schedule

The blog post for each week’s lesson plan will be linked below as they are posted.

Week 1: Classification of AnimalsAnimal Classification Posters Button

Week 2: Animal Habitats

Week 3: Fish and Mollusks

Week 4: Seals (Sea Lions & Walruses) and Penguins

Week 5: Whales & Dolphins

Week 6: Reptiles and Amphibians

Week 7: Butterflies and Other Insects

Week 8: Wild Cats

Week 9: Elephants

Week 10: Dogs, Wolves, and Foxes

Week 11: Bears

Week 12: Birds of Prey

Suggested Class Schedule

Note: The following schedule is for a 2-hour class.  We also allowed time each week for Show-and-Tell, which is not included below.

1. Introduction & Map Activity (Floor: 5 Minutes)
Introduce the animal(s) of the week and locate habitat(s) on world map.

2. Poetry (Floor: 5 Minutes)
Read a poem related to today’s lesson.

3. Animal Encyclopedia (Floor: 5 – 10 Minutes)
Read one – four pages about the animal(s) from a children’s animal encyclopedia with large photos of animals.  Encourage discussion by asking “What is the most interesting thing you remember?”

4. Activities (Floor or Table: 25 – 30 Minutes)
Games and hands-on projects related to today’s lesson.

5. Zoology Notebook (Table: 10 – 15 Minutes)
Pass out binders and crayons, markers and/or colored pencils. Explain any special instructions for the current lesson’s worksheets.

6. Snack (Table: 10 – 15 Minutes)
Pass out a snack related to today’s lesson. Be sure to check with your children’s parents/caretakers for any food allergies ahead of time.

7. Story (Floor or Table: 5 – 10 Minutes)
Story related to today’s lesson. You can read this to the students while they are eating the snack if you are short on time.

8. Arts and Crafts (Table: 20 – 25 Minutes)
Art or craft project related to today’s lesson.

General Resources Needed

  • Discovery Kids Fabric Activity World Map OR World Wall Map by Wall Pops (or use a plain World Map, and cut out pictures of animals to affix to the map)
  • Free Animal Sounds App for your phone or tablet
  • Washable Markers, Crayons, and/or Colored Pencils
  • Stapler
  • White Glue, Glue Sticks
  • Child-Safe Scissors
  • Plates, Bowls, Napkins, Utensils, Small Cups (for snacks)
  • Computer with Black and White Printer
  • Construction Paper
  • Printer Paper
  • Card Stock Paper for printer
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Small animal figures from these classes: Mammals, Fish, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, Arachnids, Crustaceans.  Try to find animals from these habitats: Farm, Wild (Forests), Desert, Jungle, Polar, Ocean, Pets.
  • Animal Science Journal filled with worksheets and coloring pages for each child – assemble before the first class (click here for blog post with instructions and printables)

Book List

Be sure to check your local library to see if they have some of these books!

One or two children’s animal encyclopedias – I used DK First Animal Encyclopedia and Usborne Children’s Encyclopedia of Animals.

Reproducible project and worksheet books about animals. I used the following books, as well as worksheets from

Story and poetry books about animals. I used the following

Blog posts will be linked to the Weekly Lesson Schedule above as they are written. Please feel free to comment below with your recommendations – I appreciate your ideas and suggestions!

Copyright 2016 Kathryn Depew

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am an affiliate of Amazon, and will receive a small commission if a link on this page is used to make a purchase.

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