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. These free animal report templates and printables can help them organize their thoughts for a fun writing assignment.
Get Kids Excited to Learn About Animals
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.
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.
Writing an Animal Report
You may find that children get 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”.
What to Include in an Animal Report
Of course your student will cover the basics about each individual animal in his report, but here’s an idea of some of the topics your child can write about:
- Geography – where is the animal found in the world?
- Habitat – what is the habitat like for your animal?
- Lifespan – what is the animal’s lifespan?
- Lifecycle – what does the lifecycle look like for the animal?
- Animal Kingdom – where in the animal kingdom is your topic animal?
- Diet – what does your animal eat?
- Appearance – what does your animal look like?
- Food chain – where does the animal fit on the food chain?
- Animal tracks – what does the animals tracks look like? You can grab our free unit study on identifying animal tracks to learn more and incorporate into your report.
Those are just some basic ideas – you can really take it however far you’d like when writing a report about animals.
Observing Live Animals
Obviously you are not likely able to travel the world viewing animals live in their habitats, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! Watching animals via live animal cams is a fun way to get a glimpse into every day life for animals.
Free Animal Report Templates and Notebooking Pages
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 Report Forms
Animal Report Form – This is a great form if your student wants to outline facts on zoo animals.
Rainforest Animal Research Report Form – If you are researching animals specific to the rainforest, then this free printable animal report is perfect for your early elementary or beginning writer as it uses primary lines.
Ocean Animal Mini Reports – Studying the animals of the ocean? These ocean animals report pages would be a perfect companion to your study of the ocean.
Animal Report Pages
Animal Report Writing Printable and Rubric – I like that this printable animal report also contains a rubric so that you can determine if your child put enough effort into their animal research project.
Animal Research Booklet – This 9-page animal report printable pack has blank templates that you can make your own.
Printable Animal Report Page – This animal report sheet has some decorative boxes and lines and a world map.
Animal Report Outlines
Animal Report Outline for Grades 3 – 5 – This freebie contains cute card prompts that will assist your elementary students in outlining their animal facts into categories.
Animal Report Printable – These free animal report pages are my favorite. I think even a middle school student could have fun researching a particular animal and then writing a paper using these sheets.
Animal Research for Kids with Zoey and Sassafrass Printable – Do your kids enjoy reading the Zoey and Sassafras series? If so, these animal research pages printable will be sure to delight them to no end.
Animal Report Worksheets
Zoo Field trip Worksheets – Going on a field trip to the zoo? Take along these free zoo field trip worksheets so your kids can report on the animals they saw and learned about.
Animal Report Worksheet with Geography Map – This free animal report worksheet is simple. but contains all the spaces for the animal facts that your kids gather.
ABC Animal Report 26 Printables – Young children can practice the alphabet and learn about animals at the same time with this freebie.
Animal Research Websites
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.
More Free Animal Printables and Downloads
Animal Behavior Copywork Pack – Discover some terminology related to how animals act and behave in the wild.
Animal Families Notebook Journal – Learn more about animal families using this printable research journal. This set of animal family worksheets would make a great addition to your report.
Animal Parts Vocabulary Copywork – Help your kids learn the meanings of 25 animal-related words with this Free Animal Parts Vocabulary Copywork.
Animals Science Notebook Journals – Check out our free series of research notebooks on various animals and habitats.
Curriculum & Unit Studies About Animals
Discovering Plants and Animals Volume One: Africa and Asia – Your elementary and middle school students can have fun learning about some of the many animals and plants that live in more than 100 countries with Discovering Plants and Animals of the World, Volume One. It’s perfect for students in 3th-6th grade, but it can easily be adapted for younger or older students.
Migration – Explore the Amazing Journeys of Animals – This unit study is a fun way to introduce your kids to migration and help them discover how 18 different animals migrate. It’s perfect for students in 4th-8th grade, but it can easily be adapted for younger or older students.
From birds to mammals, insects to reptiles, your students will learn about pilchards, penguins, wildebeests, butterflies, and much more.
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!