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Do you have a child that loves learning about animals but may struggle with writing? If so, then having them write a report on their favorite animal may be a great way to get them out of their writing funk and help them to get excited about writing.
I have two daughters that are struggling learners. They are also amazing animal lovers and will soak up all of the information and facts on animals that they can. It is a true love of theirs. My favorite part of homeschooling is how we can tailor our learning experiences to our children’s interests and to things that are important to them. If you have an animal lover that struggles with reading and writing, try having them do some research and write a report about their favorite animal.
You may find that they are getting excited about what they are learning and want to share it in their report. When working on their report, they won’t even realize that they are doing “school” and that real learning is getting done! This is a great alternative to a textbook and works wonderfully for struggling learners that don’t like feeling “pushed”.
I have compiled a list of some great FREE animal reports and notebooking Pages that you can use without a curriculum, and for extra learning fun:
Animal Habitats Freebie from Crazy Critter Cafe
Animal Report Writing Printable and Rubric from Adventures in Mommydom
Animal Research Booklet from Summer Pitman
Printable Animal Report Page from Simple Creative Learning
Animal Report Outline for Grades 3 – 5 from Teacher Laura
Animal Report Printable from The Homeschool Scientist
Zoo Field trip Worksheets from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Rainforest Animal Research Report Freebies from Teacher Bits and Bobs
Ocean Animal Mini Reports from Only Passionate Curiosity
Animal Research for Kids with Zoey and Sassafrass Printable from Natural Beach Living
Animal Report Worksheet with Geography Map from Only Passionate Curiosity
ABC Animal Report 26 Printables from Only Passionate Curiosity
Websites to use to help you with animal research:
Kids National Geographic: Animals – is a great animal research site. You can quickly search for animals by type and there are facts and amazing photographs and videos.
San Diego Zoo Kids has amazing photos and easy to read simple facts on the different animals.
Science Kids Animal Facts has simple animal facts for each animal as well as fun facts.
Animal Fact Guide has photos of each animal that you click on. It will give you very detailed facts of the animal and it’s scientific name, as well as geographical location, and conservation status.
Here are some good animal fact books that will help with research projects:
1000 Strange but True Animal Facts (Discovery Kids) (Dicovery Kids)National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More! (Encyclopaedia)The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal FactsWeird & Wild Animal FactsJack Hanna’s Wild But True: Amazing Animal Facts You Won’t Believe!All About Animals!: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Fun Facts (Did You Know?)The Animal BookEncyclopedia of AnimalsAnimals: A Visual Encyclopedia (An Animal Planet Book)The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia of Animals (Kingfisher First Reference)
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FREE Zoo Scavenger Hunt and Animal Report Printables