Baby Animals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Carrin Hahn

Carrin taught 3rd grade for ten years, worked as a learning specialist with K-5 students, and has a Master's degree in Elementary Education.

In this lesson, the students will learn the names of baby animals and a bit about them. They will also do several activities to reinforce the names of the animal babies.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, the kindergarten students will be able to:

  • Match the baby animals to their names.
  • Identify the babies and their parents.


45 minutes

Curriculum Standards

K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Pup
  • Calf
  • Eft
  • Hatchling
  • Foal
  • Eaglet
  • Spiderling
  • Habitat
  • Survive


  • Copy of the lesson.
  • Copy of the quiz
  • Pictures for all students of the baby animals in the lesson
  • Teacher's computer with ability to project the lesson
  • String
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Coat hangers for each student
  • Hole puncher
  • Index cards

Lesson Preparation

  • Ahead of the lesson, print paper copies of pictures of the baby animals. The pictures should be at least two inches by two inches.
  • Cut the string into 6 to 8 inch long pieces. Cut enough for each student to have 18 pieces.
  • Punch one hole in the top middle and one in the bottom middle of each index card. Punch one hole in the top of each picture of the baby animals.
  • If you have metal hangers, put tape around the sharp part of the hook so that no one gets hurt.

Lesson Instructions

  • Ask about pets that the students have at home. What are the babies of each of those kinds of pets called?
  • Tell the students that today they will learn the names of some other animal babies.
  • Show the students the lesson on Baby Animals.
  • Read over each section on the baby animals. Have the students repeat the names of the animals before you move on to the next one.
  • Ask the students the following questions:
    • What is a 'habitat'? In what kind of habitat does each baby animal live?
    • What does 'survive' mean? How do the baby's parents help it survive?
    • Looking at the baby's picture, is there anything else about the baby animal that you think could help it survive? (If there is not a clear picture in the lesson, you might need to find an image online - but don't pass out the paper pictures yet.)
  • Bring up the quiz Baby Animals Quiz on the projection board. Take the quiz as a class.

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