World Animal Day

With October 4th, 2015 set aside as World Animal Day we thought that it would be great to share many of the wonderful resources we have in Overdrive for your study of animals.

Learning About Animals

Learning About Animals by Evan Moor (Grades K-1)

Learning About Animalscovers concepts that address National Science Education Standards.Concepts covered include: animals are living things; living things are alike in many ways there are many kinds of animals; animals live in different habitats; an animal’s body and behaviors help it survive in its environment animals are many sizes animals are many colors animals’ bodies have different kinds of coverings animals have different types of appendages animals find and eat food in different ways animals have different methods of self-defense animals need air, food, and water; animals depend on plants for food animals grow and change; animals look like their parents A variety of engaging activities present the concepts in ways that young students can understand. Each concept presented includes: teacher directions for lessons reproducible resource pages such as sets of picture cards, minibooks, and lab sheets to record the results of hands-on investigations.

Animal Classification

Animal Classification by 1st Grade Fireworks (Teacher’s Notebook) (Grades K-2)

Animal Classification and Writing Mini-Unit. Includes: Cover for Unit folder. Graphic Organizers for writing about each type of animal. Fill-in charts for use in discussions and/or readings Lined pap

Animal Classification and Writing Mini-Unit.
Cover for Unit folder.
Graphic Organizers for writing about each
type of animal.
Fill-in charts for use in discussions and/or readings
Lined paper for sloppy copies & final drafts.
(Multiple type of papers for many grade levels)
Editing Self-check papers.

Animals in Fall

Animals in Fall by Martha E.H. Rusted (Grades K-2)

Honk! Geese are flying south. Grr! Black bears are looking for a den. Munch! Deer are eating extra food. Find out what other animals do to get ready for winter. What happens in fall? Find out in the Fall’s Here! series, part of the Cloverleaf Books™ collection. These nonfiction picture books feature kid-friendly text and illustrations to make learning fun!

Awesome Animals of Canada

Awesome Animals of Canada (Rainbow Horizons Publishing) by Vera Trembach (Grades 2-3)

Awesome Animals is a resource package about some of the animals of Canada. Upon completion, your students will have retained factual information about Canadian wildlife, be aware of environmental issues and discover an empathy towards animals. Creative Task Cards have been developed for independent learning. Skills covered in our resource are: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, Numerical Literacy, and Social Values. Topics covered in our resource are: Animal Homes, Adapting to the Environment, Pollution, Conservation, Forest Fires, Animal Babies, and Animal Characteristics and Comparisons. This Animal Science lesson provides a teacher and student section with reading passages, activities, board game, and word search to create a well-rounded lesson plan.

Animal Life Cycles

Animal Life Cycles (Rainbow Horizon Publishing) by Natalie Reiger (Grades 2-3)

Our “Animal Life Cycles” unit looks at the life cycles of ten different animals. It studies two different mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects. Children learn how these animals live, plus how they grow and change as they move from young animals to adults. Children practice their reading and writing skills as they read and learn about the different animals. They use their knowledge to answer a number of questions. Animals studies are: Black Bears, Blue Whales, Turtles, Garter Snakes, Frogs, Salamanders, Canada Geese, Penguins, Ladybugs, and Honeybees. Also included in this unit are: Animal Fact Cards, Research Outline, Final Report Outline, Match Game, Riddles, Unit Test and Unit Evaluation. This Animal Science lesson provides a teacher and student section with a variety of reading passages, lessons, activities, crossword and word search to create a well-rounded lesson plan.

Salmon Forest

Salmon Forest by David Suzuki (Grades K-3)

One fall day, Kate goes with her father, a fish biologist, to the river where he works — a river in the Pacific rain forest — the “salmon forest,” as he calls it. Together they watch the sockeye salmon returning to the river to spawn, and witness a bear scooping up a salmon. Next, Kate and her dad run into a Native boy named Brett and his family fishing at a pool in the river. From her adventures, Kate discovers how the forest and the salmon need each other and why the forest is called the salmon forest. David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis’s charming and informative text and Sheena Lott’s watercolors magically evoke the spirit and mystery of the West Coast rain forest.

Animal Reports

Animal Reports by Johnson Creations (Grades 2-4)

This packet will help your students become successful report writers! Included are two parent letters, two animal report planning sheets, two web sheets, two covers, a full sheet of lines, a Glossary page, a Table of Contents page, eleven topic pages to choose from and a blank topic page.

Charlottes Web

Charlotte’s Web Audiobook by E.B. White (Grades 3-4) Novel Study

Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte’s Web has become one of America’s best-loved children’s books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. Now this classic, a 1953 Newbery Honor book, comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.

Burgess Animal Book

The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thonton Burgess (Grades K-4 – read aloud)

Abundantly illustrated, simply written classic by a master storyteller acquaints youngsters with the habits and characteristics of four-footed animals. Porcupines, field mice, squirrels, coyotes, and other creatures take on appealing personalities in informative, entertaining tales about the inhabitants of the Green Forest and beyond. 73 illustrations.

Owl in the Family

Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat Novel Study (Grades 3-4) and Novel Study (Grades 4-7)

Every child needs to have a pet. No one could argue with that.

But what happens when your pet is an owl, and your owl is terrorizing the neighbourhood?

In Farley Mowat’s exciting children’s story, a young boy’s pet menagerie — which includes crows, magpies, gophers and a dog — grows out of control with the addition of two cantankerous pet owls. The story of how Wol and Weeps turn the whole town upside down is warm, funny, and bursting with adventure and suspense.

Ginger Pye

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (Grades 4-8)

Meet Ginger Pye, the smartest dog you’ll ever know. Jerry Pye and his sister, Rachel, feel pretty smart themselves for buying Ginger. It was the best dollar they ever spent. Ginger steals everybody’s heart . . . until someone steals him!

Mr. Poppers Penguins

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater Novel Study (Grades 5-6)

Mr. Popper has penguins in his fridge, an ice rink in the basement, and a family for whom life will never be the same

How many penguins in the house is too many? Mr. Popper is a humble house painter living in Stillwater who dreams of faraway places like the South Pole. When an explorer responds to his letter by sending him a penguin named Captain Cook, Mr. Popper and his family’s lives change forever. Soon one penguin becomes twelve, and the Poppers must set out on their own adventure to preserve their home.

First published in 1938, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a classic tale that has enchanted young readers for generations.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richard and Florence Atwater including rare photos from the authors’ estate, as well as a two videos from Fox Entertainment: a brief documentary on the legacy of Mr. Popper’s Penguins and the complete 2011 motion picture trailer.

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

The Story of Dr. Doolittle by Hugh Lofting (5-8)

Respected physician John Dolittle swaps human patients for animal ones as his parrot Polynesia teaches him the secret of talking to the animals. His fame spreads and he travels to Africa to treat a monkey epidemic. Setting out with his favorite crew of creatures, Dolittle must face trial after trial; being shipwrecked, escaping the king of Jolligingki and figuring out what do do with a pushmi-pullyu, the shy two-headed gazelle-unicorn cross.