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Kindergarten: Animal Research Resources

Pictures, lesson plans, articles, and activities for animal unit studies

San Diego Zoo Kids

The website of the San Diego Zoo has animal facts, games, pictures, videos, experiments, and a page of animal-related crafts and activities. Warning: site plays various animal noises when opened.

Tools and Resources for Educators - National Wildlife Federation

Find webinars, tools, and other educator resources on schoolyard habitats, Eco-Schools, wildlife and environmental education. The NWF website also provides spectacular pictures of animals as well as programs, lesson plans, and other wildlife conservation activities.

Ranger Rick

The official website of the Ranger Rick kids' wildlife magazine has animal facts and pictures, and articles that can be used in the classroom. Aimed at upper-elementary, some ideas might work with younger children.

Doing Research in Kindergarten

A kindergarten teacher introduces her method of guiding students through research. Includes lesson plan with printable templates.


Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins

Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins

We have this book in the WHES media center! It's a big picture book full of actual-size animals. Great for interactive lessons.

Animals: Facts, Pictures, and Videos -- National Geographic Kids

The National Geographic Kids site has animal pictures and facts. Younger students might enjoy selecting an animal and scrolling through the picture slideshow. Also includes habitat/range maps, easy-to-decipher weight and height comparisons, and videos.

Pics4Learning - animals

Thousands of copyright free and copyright friendly images and photos for teachers and students.


The newest, cutest baby animals from the world's accredited zoos and aquariums. Cute baby animal pictures and videos by date, species, and institution. Fun to share maybe one animal a day with kids.

Coloring Pages for Kids: Animals Coloring Pages

Animal coloring pages for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children to print and color.


Wild America: Fantastic Follies

Wild America: Fantastic Follies

We have this video (and a tv/vcr) available for checkout in the WHES media center! Marty Stouffer presents funny animal clips with entertaining narration. 58 minutes, but can be shown in short segments.