Wild Animals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

Use this lesson plan and related text lesson to teach your students about wild animals. Students will participate in discussions, play a game, and complete a writing activity to demonstrate understanding.

Lesson Objectives

  • Identify a variety of wild animal species
  • Differentiate between carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores
  • Identify animal habitats

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.4

Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.8

With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.


  • 45-60 minutes


  • Copies of the Wild Animals Lesson for Kids: Facts and Types text lesson, one per student
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one per student
  • Index cards with a variety of wild animals (elephant, tiger, etc.) written on each one, at least 50
  • Blank writing paper with space for illustration, one per student
  • Crayons

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