Wildlife Lesson Plans (K-5)

Animal Groups

Keywords: animal groups, habitat; Prepared by: Beth Wilson, Moshannon Valley Elementary School; Grade Level: Kindergarten through third grade; Total Time for Lesson: two 45-minute periods; Setting: indoor classroom

Building a Bird's Nest

Keywords: bird, habitat, nest, American goldfinch, American robin, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, song sparrow; Prepared by: JoAnne Venturino, first grade teacher, Our Lady of Victory School, State College, PA; Grade Levels: first and second grades; Time Required: 45 minutes; Setting: classroom; Subjects: science, reading comprehension, and writing; Topic: bird habitats

Animal Classification

Keywords: mammal, reptile, amphibian, bird, fish, and vertebrate; Lesson Plan Grade Level: second grade; Total Time Required for Lesson: 30 minutes; Setting: classroom

Habitat Awareness

Keywords: species, habitat, shelter, food, space, home range, territory; Lesson Plan Grade Level: second grade; Total Time Required for Lesson: 90 minutes; Setting: classroom and playground

Must We Shoot Bambi?

Keywords: hunting, population, white-tailed deer; Grade Level: third and fourth grades; Total Time Required for Lesson: 90 minutes; Setting: classroom

What Animals Need to Live

Keywords: habitat, carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, Venn diagram; Grade Level: fourth grade; Total Time for Lesson: 30-40 minutes; Setting: classroom

Wildlife Fact File

Keywords: wildlife, habitat, research; Grade Level: fourth through sixth grade; Total Time for Lesson: 4-5 45 minute lessons; Setting: classroom

Animal Camouflage

Keywords: adaptation, camouflage, predators, and prey; Lesson Plan Grade Level: fifth grade; Total Time Required for Lesson: 50 minutes; Setting: classroom

Organisms and Their Environment

Keywords: populations, biosphere, communities, ecosystems; Grade Level: fifth through eighth grade; Total Time for Lesson: 3 days; Setting: classroom

Wildlife Needs

Keywords: succession, research, ecosystem, habitat; Grade Level: fifth through eighth grade; Total Time for Lesson: 60 minutes, or two 30-minute lessons; Setting: classroom

The Monarch Migration

Keywords: metamorphosis, milkweed, migration, journey; Grade Levels: 2-3; Time: 45 minutes; Setting: Introduction in Classroom and the Activity is a Journey outside across an open space in school yard

Pennsylvania Mammals

Keywords: Mammal, Lifespan, Habitat, Environment, Predators, Offspring; Grade Level: 3; Total Time Required: Four forty minute classes; Setting: Classroom, Library, and Computer Lab

Introduction to Pennsylvania Wildlife

Keywords: native species; Lesson Grade: 4th; Time Required: 30-40 minutes; Setting: classroom and computer room

Birds in Pennsylvania's Forests and Waterways

Keywords: Habitat, Ornithology, Recreation; Grade Level: 4th; Total Time Required: 43 minutes over 1-2 classes; Setting: Classroom, Nature Trail-Outdoors

Keeping the Forest Balanced

Keywords: White-Tailed Deer, Balance, Biodiversity; Lesson Plan Grade Level: 2nd Grade; Total Time Required: One Hour; Setting: Outside area, preferably in grass

Wildlife Lesson Plans (6-8)

Wildlife Lesson Plans (9-12)

The Turkey Web

Keywords: Biodiversity, turkey, habitat; Setting: classroom and woodlot in High School Nature Trail; Time Required: 15 minutes in classroom and 25 minutes on trail with total time of 40 minutes; Grade Level: special education - high school

Deer Population

Keywords: population, white-tailed deer, management, overpopulation; Grade Level: ninth grade Total Time for Lesson: 40 minutes; Setting: classroom

White-tailed Deer Issues

Keywords: management, white-tailed deer; Grade Level: ninth grade; Total Time Required: one 90-minute class period; Setting: classroom/computer classroom

Ecological Pyramids

Keywords: ecological pyramids, biomass, topography, habitat; Lesson Plan Grade Level: ninth and tenth grades; Total Time Required for Lesson: 40 minutes; Setting: classroom

Endangered Species of PA

Keywords: extinct, endangered, research, Web page; Grade Level: ninth through twelfth grade; Total Time for Lesson: three 55-minute class periods and homework as needed, depending on the skills of your students, you can get the school computer club to help in publishing or make it an interdisciplinary project with the computer classes; Setting: classroom, computer lab

The Social and Economic Impact of Wildlife and Natural Resource Management

Keywords: conflict, society, research, management, development; Grade Level: ninth through twelfth grade; Total Time for Lesson: a few weeks, actual class time will be approximately three or four class periods; Setting: classroom and library

Wildlife Habitat

Keywords: habitat, edge, cover, succession, habitat suitability, fragmentation, interspersion, corridors, and vertical structure; Lesson Plan Grade Level: ninth through twelfth grade; Total Time Required: 50-minute class period; Setting: classroom

Animal Species Richness in Tioga County, PA

Keywords: biodiversity, species, ecosystem, habitat, adaptation; Lesson Plan Grade Level: tenth through twelfth grade; Total Time Required for Lesson: one semester requiring about 2 minutes per day; Setting: Tioga County, PA

White-tailed Deer: Beauty or Beast?

Keywords: white-tailed deer, population, habitat, management, carrying capacity; Grade Level: tenth through twelfth grade; Total Time for Lesson: four standard (40- to 45-minute) class periods; Setting: classroom