A World of Animals

Length: 34 units
Includes: Online readings and printable worksheets
Age/Grade: Elementary

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How to Use This Course

From hamsters to hammerheads, this class takes elementary students on an engaging adventure through the world of animals. They’ll learn how these animals are classified, what they like to eat, whether or not they are endangered, and how to care for the animals that are possible pets.

Course Introduction

Where do hamsters live in the wild? Why are hammerhead sharks always on the move? Find answers to these and many more questions when you dive into this exciting series that explores the world of animals! Animals studied include:

  • Alligators and Other Crocodilians: Why are alligators such good hunters? What do alligators eat? Which crocodile runs the fastest?
  • Ants and Other Social Insects: What does an ant nest look like? Why do honey bees dance? How can you tell the difference between a termite and an ant?
  • Arabians and Other Horses: What are Arabian horses, and where did they come from? What kind of personality might an Arabian horse have? How do horses communicate?
  • Baboons and Other Old World Monkeys: What are Old World Monkeys? How do Old World and New World Monkeys differ? How do baboons raise their young?
  • Beagles and Other Hounds: When and where did the beagle breed first appear? What kind of personality might a beagle have? What are some other hound breeds?
  • Bulldogs and Other Nonsporting Dogs: When and where did the bulldog breed first appear? What kind of personality might a bulldog have? What are some other nonsporting breeds?
  • Cardinals and Other Songbirds: How does a cardinal make its music? When does a cardinal lay her eggs? Which songbird is named for an island?
  • Clownfish and Other Saltwater Aquarium Fish: What does a clownfish look like? Where do clownfish live in the wild? Are wild clownfish endangered?
  • Cockatiels and Other Parrots: What does a cockatiel parrot look like? Can cockatiel parrots talk? How smart are parrots?
  • Cottontails and Their Relatives: What do cottontail rabbits like to eat? How far can a cottontail leap? Why are a jack rabbit’s ears so big?
  • Fur Seals and Other Pinnipeds: Are sea lions really lions? Are sea lions smart? How deep can an elephant seal dive?
  • German Shepherds and Other Herding Dogs: When and where did the German shepherd breed first appear? What kind of personality might a German shepherd have?
  • Giraffes and Other Hoofed Mammals: How tall can a giraffe get? How does a giraffe sleep? How are a caribou’s hoofs like snowshoes?
  • Golden Retrievers and Other Sporting Dogs: When and where did the golden retriever breed first appear? What kind of personality might a golden retriever have? How did breeds of sporting dogs develop?
  • Green Anoles and Other Pet Lizards: What does a green anole look like? What does a green anole eat? What are other kinds of pet lizards?
  • Grizzlies and Other Bears: What is a grizzly bear’s sharpest sense? How do grizzly bears fish? How do polar bears hunt?
  • Hammerheads and Other Sharks: Where in the world’s oceans do sharks live? Why are hammerhead sharks always on the move? How did the cookie cutter shark get its name?
  • Hamsters and Other Pet Rodents: Where do hamsters live in the wild? What should you look for when choosing a pet hamster? What kind of personality might a hamster have?
  • Holland Lops and Other Rabbits: What does a Holland Lop rabbit eat? Where should a pet Holland Lop be kept? What are common signs of illness in rabbits?
  • Howlers and Other New World Monkeys: Where in the world do New World monkeys live? Why do howler monkeys howl? Does a spider monkey have eight legs?
  • Jellyfish and Other Stingers: Are jellyfish made of jelly? How do jellyfish eat? Why are some jellyfish so colorful?
  • Killer Whales and Other Toothed Whales: What is a toothed whale? How does a killer whale stay warm? Do dolphins ever save people?
  • Ladybugs and Other Beetles: How many spots does a ladybug have? How are ladybugs like armored tanks? Does the elephant beetle have a trunk?
  • Miniature Schnauzers and Other Terriers: When and where did the miniature schnauzer breed first appear? What kind of personality might a miniature schnauzer have? How did breeds of terriers develop?
  • Monarchs and Other Butterflies: Where do monarch butterflies spend the winter? What makes a monarch’s wings so beautiful? How do monarchs protect themselves?
  • Owls and Other Birds of Prey: How do feathers help owls hear? What makes an owl a silent hunter? Which bird of prey flies the fastest?
  • Persians and Other Long-Haired Cats: What does a Persian cat look like? How did the Persian breed develop? What kind of personalities do Persian cats have?
  • Portuguese Water Dogs and Other Working Dogs: When and where did the Portuguese water dog breed, or Portie, first appear? What kind of personality might a Portie have? How did breeds of working dogs develop?
  • Rattlers and Other Snakes: How do rattlesnakes move? What makes a kingsnake king? Why do cobras look so frightening?
  • Shih Tzu and Other Toy Dogs: When and where did the Shi Tzu breed first appear? What kind of personality might a Shi Tzu have? How did breeds of toy dogs develop?
  • Siamese and Other Short-Haired Cats: What kind of personality might a Siamese cat have? How do you groom a Siamese cat? What are some other breeds of short-haired cats?
  • Spiders and Other Arachnids: What is an arachnid? How does a spider kill its prey? How do spiders make silk?
  • Swans and Other Swimming Birds: What makes swans good swimmers? Where do swans go in winter? Which duck has a hood?
  • Wolves and Other Wild Dogs: Why do wolves live in packs? Why do wolves howl? Which wild dogs climb trees?

Online readings and printable worksheets.

  • Alligators and Other Crocodilians
  • Ants and Other Social Insects
  • Arabians and Other Horses
  • Baboons and Other Old World Monkeys
  • Beagles and Other Hounds
  • Bulldogs and Other Nonsporting Dogs
  • Cardinals and Other Songbirds
  • Clownfish and Other Saltwater Aquarium Fish
  • Cockatiels and Other Parrots
  • Cottontails and Their Relatives
  • Fur Seals and Other Pinnipeds
  • German Shepherds and Other Herding Dogs
  • Giraffes and Other Hoofed Mammals
  • Golden Retrievers and Other Sporting Dogs
  • Green Anoles and Other Pet Lizards
  • Grizzlies and Other Bears
  • Hammerheads and Other Sharks
  • Hamsters and Other Pet Rodents
  • Holland Lops and Other Rabbits
  • Howlers and Other New World Monkeys
  • Jellyfish and Other Stingers
  • Killer Whales and Other Toothed Whales
  • Ladybugs and Other Beetles
  • Miniature Schnauzers and Other Terriers
  • Monarchs and Other Butterflies
  • Owls and Other Birds of Prey
  • Persians and Other Long-Haired Cats
  • Portuguese Water Dogs and Other Working Dogs
  • Rattlers and Other Snakes
  • Shih Tzu and Other Toy Dogs
  • Siamese and Other Short-Haired Cats
  • Spiders and Other Arachnids
  • Swans and Other Swimming Birds
  • Wolves and Other Wild Dogs
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