Zoos, Animals, and Museums
Lesson Plans and Resources

This page provides links to zoos and site about animals as well as museums.
This page was scanned for broken links and updated 5-2-2017.
 










Index: Zoos and Zoo Links, Zoology/Animal Centers/Directories, Zoology/Animal Lesson Plans (Marine Anumals/Fish, Mammals, Farm Animals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Birds. Insects, Spiders), Museums and Museum Lesson Plans

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Zoos and Zoo Links   
Zoos of the World
Links to many zoo sites indexed by region. See also Zoos Worldwide and Zoos in the USA.

Smithsonian National Zoological Park
An excellent site with great photos and information. Meet their animals A to Z.

Welcome to the Minnesota Zoo
Plan a field trip or check out the A to Z animal list.

Brookfield Zoo
Chicago Zoological Society.

San Diego Zoo


Saint Louis Zoo

Sea World

The Shedd Aquarium
Virtual fish, frogs, and turtles!

The Electronic Zoo
If it has to do with zoos or animals, it's probably here.

Virtual Zoo
Visit zoos or learn about animals on line.

Switch Zoo

Play animal games, make animal friends or see their teachers' resources.

Zoology/Animal Directories
Animal Diversity Web
A searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals with information about thousands of animal species.

   
Zoology WWW Resources
See also Selected Internet Resources - Zoology.

Z to A Zoology and Zoological Species
Information and pictures in reverse alphabetical order.

National Wildlife Federation
Excellent site with information on endangered species, habitats, and conservation.

The North American Bear Center
An excellent site with a great deal of information on North American Bears. The Center is located in Ely, Minnesota. See also Wildlife Research Institute.

Audubon Society
Birds, birds, and more birds!

Minnesota Raptor Center
Eagles, Hawks, Ospreys! Click on education for lesson ideas.

Amphibian Species of the World
A comprehensive resource from the American Museum of Natural History.

Tiger Information Center
A site dedicated to providing information to help preserve the five remaining tiger subspecies.

International Wolf Center
Images and information from the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota.



Zoology/Animals Lesson Plans

Zoology Activities and Lessons Plans
More than 20 lesson plans from the Illinois State Museum.

Zoology
Many lesson plans from the SMILE.

Animal Lesson plans
12 lessons from Discovery Education.

Animal Lesson plans
Lesson plans on animal classification, animal behavior, invertebrates, and vertebrates.

National Wildlife Federation
Many lesson plans organized by topic.

Lesson plans for Teachers
Several lesson plans from the Humane Society.

Animals Are Everywhere
A kindergarten lesson plan. See also Animals Around Us.

Marine Animals/Fish
Right Whales and People
A primary-grade lesson plan from National Geographic.

In the Company of Whales
A lesson plan for grades 6-8. See also Whales for another lesson plan for grades 6-8. For more information on whales, go to The Whale Centre.  

Whales
A Teacher's Guide with lesson plans for grades 4-8 from Sea World. See their similar teacher's guides.     

Tale of a Whale
A lesson plan adaptable to many grade levels from Smithsonian Education.

The Rise and Fall of the Whaling Industry
A Teacher's Guide with lesson plans from PBS.


Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses
A Teacher's Guide for grades 4-8. See also the K-3 Teacher's Guide.

Shark!
A teacher's guide for grades 4-8. See also the K-3 Teacher's Guide.

Exploring Our Oceans
A unit from the Yale New Haven Teachers Institute.

Animal Adaptations in the Ocean
An activity for grades 6-8 from National Geographic.

Coral Reef WebQuest

Contrasts in Blue: Life on the Caribbean Coral Reef and the Rocky Coast of Maine
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian Institute.  

Coral Cam Lesson Plans
Fifteen lesson plans on topics related to coral reefs. Most are adaptable to a variety of grade levels.

Sea Shells
A K-2 lesson plan. See also Shells.

Horseshoe Crab Fun
An activity from the NWF.

Biomes: Freshwater and Seawater
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Acquatic Habitats for another middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Fun with Fish
An outdoor education lesson plan in which students learn about fish and fishing.

The Minnesota Fish Quiz
Not a lesson plan, but this interactive, online quiz is a fun way to learn about Minnesota fish species and may be just what you need to motivate the boys in your classroom this spring!

How Many Fish Are in that Pond?
A high school lesson plan in which students learn about sampling and statistical methods used in estimating wildlife populations.

Pacific Salmon
A primary-grade lesson plan from National Geographic's Expeditions.

Fish and Ladders
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 about the spawning migration of Chinook Salmon. See the high school version of this lesson.

Creative Writing: I am a Fish
A lesson plan integrating science and creative writing.

Design a Fish
An activity from the Gulf of Maine Aquarium which requires students to design a fish adapted for a coral reef and another for cold marine environments.

Something Fishy
A lesson plan for grades 4 through 12 examines ocean environments and organisms' methods of adapting to survive. For an incredible amount of information on fish, go to Fishbase.

Fish Dissection Lesson Plan
See also Perch Dissection.

Science - Fish Knowledge
Lesson plans from the Wisconsin DNR.

Getting to Know Some of Pennsylvania's Fishes
A lesson plan for grades 4-5.

Fish in the Classroom
Information and lesson plans for classroom aquariums. See also Having Fish in the Classroom and Classroom Fish Tanks.

Fish Information Service (FINS)
An elaborate site providing information for aquarists. See also Fish Channel.

Animals: Mammals Lesson Plans
(Lesson plans for fish/marine animals are listed above. Scroll past mammals for lesson plans on farm animals,   reptiles/amphibians, birds, insects, or spiders.

Jungle Walk Lesson Plans
Eight
lesson plans address various animal related topics for a variety grade levels including a K-2 lesson titled Animal Classification.

Animal Lesson Plans
Twelve lessons from Discovery Education  including a K-5 lesson titled Animal Classification.


What's a Mammal
A K-5 lesson plan. See also Mammals and Magnificent Mammals.

Oh Deer!
A high school lesson plan on the interdependence between animals and their habitat. 

Wildlife Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans for all grade levels from Penn State.

Wildlife Management Activity Guide Index
Lesson plans from the National park Service.

Bats: Thematic Resource
Projects and resources for a variety of subject areas.

North American Bear Center
Many lesson plans and activities. See also Bears/Hibernation for a Pre-K activity.

Polar Bears
A literature-based 1st-grade lesson plan.  See also Why Polar Bears Are White.

What Bear Goes Where?
A lesson plan in which students construct posters of three different bear habitats. See Bears for many similar activities.

Bears

A high school lesson plan from The Discovery Channel School.

The North American Bison Lesson Plan
For grades 3-5.

Tracking the Buffalo
Background information and classroom materials.

Big Cats
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Dogs
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students learn about characteristics of dogs and dog breeds. See also Breeds of Dogs and Dogs at Work.

The Human Role in Dog Evolution
A high school lesson plan from National Geographic's Xpeditions. See also From Wolf to Woof.
   

Endangered Species Theme Page
Links to lesson plans and resources.

Endangered Species 1: Why Are Species Endangered?
A lesson plan from Science Net Links. See also
Endangered Species 2: Working to Save Endangered Species
.

ABC of Endangered Species
A lesson plan for grades K-6 from Education World. See also Illustrating Endangered Species.

Endangered Species of PA
A high school lesson plan from Penn State University.

People and Endangered Species
A lesson plan for grades 3-5. See also Postcards from the Edge: Endangered Species.

Schoolyard Habitats
Activity guides from the National Wildlife Federation.

Farm Animals
Farm Animal Sounds: Pen Pals
A kindergarten lesson plan emphasizing animal sounds, listening, and movement.

On the Farm or in the Zoo?
An elementary lesson plan in which students
categorize animals into two groups, farm animals and zoo animals.

Animal Babies on the Farm
A kindergarten or primary-grade lesson plan in which children learn the names of farm animals and match them to their offspring's names.

Names of Farm Animals and Sounds They Make
A K-2 lesson plan.  

Farm Animal Immigrants
A 5th-grade lesson plan in which students will identify a rare or endangered farm animal, locate its country of origin on a world map, and determine why it was an imported.

Fun at the Farm
Elementary-level activities.

Busy Barn Adventure Farm LLC -  Swine Are Divine
A curriculum resource for grades K-4.

Sheep to Sweaters
An idea for an activity from Crayola.

All About Chickens
Chicken activities.

Cows and Chickens Problem
A primary-grade lesson involving problem solving.

The Perfect Cow?
A high school lesson plan

The Story of Milk: From the Cow to the Cup
A K-2 lesson plan. See also Discover Dairy.

Wow that Cow: Cattle Byproducts
A lesson plan for grades K-4. See also Ultimate Harvesting Machine for a K-3 lesson.

Reptiles and Amphibians
Reviled and Revered
Reptiles and amphibians from the Smithsonian Institution. Scroll down the page for 5 lesson plans and resources.  Take a look at the Reptile Data Base for information about snakes and other reptiles.

Reptiles Alive
Teacher's guides, lesson plans, and reference materials.

Reptile Adaptation
A K-5 lesson plan from Discovery Education.

All About Reptiles
An elementary lesson plan.

Herp Care Collection
Advice for keeping a reptile in your home or classroom.

Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Eugene Wetlands

Lesson plans about herps found in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Snakes
A middle school lesson plan from Discovery Education. See also Basic facts about Snakes.

Ambush Warriors
A  lesson plan on snakes for grades 7-8. See also The Guide to Snake Sightings Around your Home and Dealing with Snakes.

Painted Turtle
Activities and ideas from The Science Behind Algonquin's Animals.

Are All Turtles Alike?
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Quick Color Wonder Turtle
An activity from Crayola.

Can Research Save the Leatherback Turtle?
A middle school lesson plan from National Geographic. See also Lesson Plans for Sea Turtles.

Totally Toads
In formation and a Pre-K lesson plan.

Frogs Jump, Toads Hop, Salamanders Crawl!
A lesson plan adaptable to many grade levels.

A Thousand Friends of Frogs
A good source of basic frog information. Click here for their teachers page.

Frogs and Toads Are Different (But Still Friends)
An 2nd-grade lesson plan using the book, Frog and Toad Are Friends.
See also Comparing and Contrasting with Frog and Toad.


Frog Alert! Frog Alert!
A K-2 lesson plan from National Geographic.

Frogs: Fact and Folklore
A middle school lesson plan from Discovery Education.|
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Life Cycle of a Frog
An elementary lesson plan. See also Leap Into The Life Cycle Of a Frog.

The Mysterious Tadpole
Activities for using the book by this title with your 4th-graders.

How Far Can a Frog Jump?
A 4th-grade lesson plan introducing the metric system by simulating a jumping frog contest like that described in Mark Twain's "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." It may provide an interesting way to integrate science, math, and literature.

The Frog Squad: Atrazine and Frog Populations
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 in which students
learn about frogs' developmental changes as they relate to chemical contamination of water.

Frog Dissection
See also Dissecting a Virtual Frog.

Birds
Raptor Center
Great site from the Minnesota Raptor Center.

Birds by Inquiry
A kindergarten lesson plan from Learn NC.

Illinois Prairies Research Institute - Educational Materials
Twelve excellent bird-related lesson plans for grades 3-6.

Birds through the Seasons
A 2nd-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

All About Birds WebQuest
See also The Origins of Birds.

Hummingbird Projects and Activities
Several Activities from Operation Ruby Throat.

Watch the Birdie
A 6-week unit for grades 5-6 in which students develop language arts skills while studying North American birds.

Bird Migration
A lesson plan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. .See also Bird Migration Lesson Plan and On the Fly: Studying Bird Migration and Behavior.

Lesson Plans About Migration
Several lesson plans from Migration Science and Mystery.

Songbirds at the Crossroads of Migration
A curriculum guide from New Jersey Audubon.


Birds
A high school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Birding Basics
A lesson plan for grade 4 from the Wisconsin DNR. See also Birding Basics for grades 5-8 and Avian Adaptations for other lesson plans from this source.

Make Way for the Ducklings Art Lesson
A lesson plan for grades 1-3 for this classic book by Robert McCloskey. See also Make Way for the Ducklings: A Bird's Eyeview of Geography.

Mr. Popper's Penguins
A lesson plan on the concept of credit using this book by Richard and Florence Atwater. See also Demonstrating Comprehension through Journal Writing for another lesson plan using this book.

Tacky the Penguin
This primary-grade lesson plan titled "What Makes Us Different?" uses Helen Lester's Tacky the Penguin to explore individual differences.

Icebergs and Penguins.
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.See also Penguins: Everything You Need, A to Z Themes - Winter.

Winter Animals
A primary-grade lesson plan about penguins from Scholastic.

Insects (general/lesson collections/lifecycle/characteristics, bees, butterflies, insect information and pictures)

Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources
A
directory and search engine of insect-related resources on the Internet.

Insectlopedia Lesson Plans
A huge collection of insect lesson plans.

What's Bugging You?
Ideas for lesson plans and activities from Education World.

Using Live Insects in the Classroom
Information and activities from the Kentucky Bug Connection.

Insect Models
An Internet-based K-2 lesson plan.

Crickets in the Classroom Page
A unit involving the use of crickets to teach skills of observation and measurement. The page also provides information on crickets and sources for obtaining them. See also Insects: Observing a Cricket for a K-3 lesson plan.

Insect Mania
An elaborate 2nd-grade unit from Core Knowledge. See also Investigating Insects for another 2nd-grade unit.

Ant Wars!
A middle-grade social insects laboratory exercise.

Life in a Pine Cone
Another middle-grade activity.

The Insect World
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

Mystery Bugs!

Identify a mystery bug and send your answer by email to the University of Kentucky Teacher/Parent Resource Materials.

Insect Anatomy
A discovery-based lesson plan for grades 6-9.

Insects of the World
A WebQuest complete with an evaluation rubric. See also Creepy Crawly Insect Collection.

Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian Institute.

Africanized Honey Bees
Sets of lesson plans about bees for all grade levels.

Honey Bees and Pollination
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Solitary and Social Bees
Another lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Bees
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Pollination Parties.

Bee Unit Study
Information and activities for a primary-grade unit.


Butterfly Website: Butterfly Teaching Tools

Scroll down the page to find many lesson plans. Click on gallery to see butterfly images.

Butterfly Unit: The Life Cycles of Butterflies
A unit for grades 1-2.

Monarch Butterflies
Eight days of primary-grade activities. See also Monarch Quest.

Butterfly Cycle
A 2nd-grade art lesson plan that uses Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar
.

Butterfly WebQuest
See also Butterflies for another WebQuest.

A Butterfly's Home
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on creating a butterfly garden.

Symmetry in Butterflies
Kindergarten and PreK activities from the MN Science Museum.

Insectlopedia
Terrific source for insect information.

Orkin Learning Center
Pest library, games and coloring, as well as lesson plans.

Insects.org
An extensive website with great pictures, educational resources, and information on the important role insects play in human culture.

Iowa State University Entomology Image Gallery
More great insect pictures!

Spiders
Be Nice to Spiders
A primary-grade lesson plan from Scholastic.

Spiders

An elementary unit with seven lesson plans.   

Now We Know Spiders
One lesson plan from the above unit using the book Anansi the Spider by G. McDermott.

Under the Spell of Spiders
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian.

Spider Webs
A 2nd-grade lesson plan. See also Spider Body Parts.

Spiders, Spiders Everywhere
A WebQuest. See also Spider WebQuest.




Museums and Museum Lesson Plans

The links below take you to museums and lesson plans about museum collections. Last updated 5-2-2017.

Pre and Post Field Trip Planning Guide
A helpful checklist.

Art Museum Field Trip
Ideas
from teachers
. See also Going to the Art Museum.

20 Wonderful Online Museums

Plan a virtual field trip! See also Take a Virtual Field Trip -  Without Leaving Your Classroom.

Art Museums Worldwide


National Park Service - Teaching with Museum Collections
Many lesson plans from museums at U.S. National Psrks!


Guggenheim Museum
Pick New York, Bilbao, Venice, Berlin, or Las Vegas!

Virtual Museum of Canada
Online cultural content. See their Teachers' Centre.

The Smithsonian Institute
As good as you'd expect it to be! Take a look at their high quality lesson plans.

Colonial Williamsburg
Take a virtual field trip.

National Canal Museum
See their educational resources.

University of Pennsylvania Museum (archaeology and anthropology)

Institute of Nautical Archeology
Visit their virtual museum and see over 1000 images.

UC Museum of Paleontology (Dinosaurs!!)
See their K-12 resources, including lesson plans.

Oakland Museum of California
Explore the art, history, and natural science of California. See their Gold Rush lesson plans.

Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Field Museum (Chicago)
See their many Educator Guides.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
An excellent source for lesson plans, many of which integrate music and history.

Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
Nice online exhibits.
   
Whitney Museum of American Art
See their excellent resources for teachers.

Metropolitan Art Museum -  New York
See their many lesson plans.

San Diego Art Museum
See their collection of lesson plans.       

Chicago Art Institute
See their resources for teachers.

Museum of Modern Art
See their cool online activities and resources for teachers.

Milwaukee Museum
See their Educator Resources.

History Center Museum
From the Minnesota Historical Society.

Minnesota Children's Museum

The Science Museum of Minnesota

Minnesota Transportation Museum

Miami Museum of Science
See their online educational exhibits and resources.

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

US Holocaust Museum
They have many excellent resources for teaching about the holocaust.

International Spy Museum - Washington, D.C.
They offer a variety of lesson plans and activities "from the Civil War to 9/11."

USS Hornet Museum
Bring an aircraft carrier to your classroom!

The National World War II Museum
They offer lesson plans organized by topic.

Atomic Bomb Museum
See also Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
 
 

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