Nocturnal Animal Resources

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I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year!  I love the days getting shorter, the spooky feel of Halloween around the corner and the cooler weather.  We will begin our nocturnal animal unit and I am already working on gathering things and thinking about how I want to teach my students about them.

We are a project-based learning school, but for first grade that looks very different then my friends in the upper grade.  I am hoping to have my students work in small groups to become an “expert” on a nocturnal animal, specifically focusing on an adaptation they have.  Once they are an “expert” they will create something to help them teach their big buddies about what they learned.  We will see how it goes!

Here are some resources I will use in my classroom.  The first, is a close read pack.  This pack is full of different nocturnal animals to read about.

nocturnal animals collage

I will pull out a word list for writing.  This list has many nocturnal animals listed to aide in spelling.


I also like to be a little thematic with my teaching.  If we are learning about nocturnal animals, we might as well have math centers that are bat and nocturnal animal related!

bats math centers

We will also continue to add to our interactive notebooks.  We will pull pages from this pack.

Nocturnal animals collage

Nocturnal Animal Books

And finally, here are some basic nocturnal animals books I will use.  I also have specific animal books, but here is a list of the general category of nocturnal animals.

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nocturnal animal books colllage

  1. Nocturnal Animals
  2. Where are the Night Animals?
  3. While the World is Sleeping
  4. Night Animals
  5. Night Animals
  6. The Pebble First Guide to Nocturnal Animals

Do you teach about nocturnal animals?  What are some of your favorite books or activities?



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