We are so excited about Winter and learning about animals in Winter, how they live, how they survive and how they eat is a lot of fun. Be sure to check out our Animals in Winter – Awesome Printable Bundle because it is a complete unit, full of information about Animals in Winter: Migration, Hibernation & Adaptation.
This post is an introduction, but the unit goes in depth with lots of activities, printables and ideas!
I am so excited to show you how much we learned in our lesson on migration, hibernation and adaptation! Come and take a look at the books!
Animals in Winter Books
First, we read. Of course. 🙂 We love looking into what books have to say about the topic we are studying. We read Secrets in Winter. It is so fun because it is a shine-a-light book. That means that you have hidden images and they “come to light” when you shine a flashlight at the back of each page. We love it! Here are more shine-a-light books, in case you we interested.
We also read our mini encyclopedias on Birds and Bugs. Both books have information on what migration is. We read about migration for birds and bugs. We learned of several kinds of birds and bugs that migrate and different kinds of migration. It was so interesting!
Animals in Winter: Migration, Hibernation & Adaptation Setup
This is our setup. It was so simple and easy to put together. First, I printed the free printable set I made (you can have it, too) and taped the charts on the fence. I had my children cut the animal pictures and labels from the printables.
- printable set
- child-sized scissors
- one glue stick for each child
- books on migration (our favorite), hibernation and here (our favorite) and adaptation (our favorite)
- mini animal and insect replicas
Here are some awesome MIGRATION books!
The Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of MigrationNational Geographic Readers: Great Migrations ButterfliesNational Geographic Readers: Great Migrations WhalesNational Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Amazing Animal JourneysMigrating with the Salmon (Animal Journeys)
After reading our books, we glued the three topics we were discussing (migration, hibernation and adaptation) on the top of the chart. We used our fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination to glue them in the correct spot all nice and straight.
What Animals Do in Winter
This was super fun. We decided to act out and sing the three things animals do in winter.
For migration, we pretended to be leaving while waving goodbye. “Animals who migrate go somewhere else during winter.”
For hibernation, we laid down on the ground and pretended to sleep. “Animals who hibernate stay where they live, but sleep for several months during winter.”
For adaptation, we were staying in place, but moving our bodies. “Animals who adapt stay where they live and have regular sleep cycles.”
Here are some awesome HIBERNATION books!
Animals that Migrate, Hibernate and Adapt
This is the second part of our printable set. You have the answer key for this part in the printable, too. Let’s find out about animals that migrate in Winter! Monarch butterflies (other butterflies), Canadian geese and some bats leave their homes and migrate. Bears, chipmunks and skunks stay where they live to hibernate.
Use these hibernating animals pictures to teach your kids more about their living habits in Winter. I’m telling you, these cool pictures of animals that hibernate are the perfect introduction for the whole topic of hibernation.
This printable shares a great starter list of animals that adapt in Winter. Rabbits, deer and mice stay where they live and adapt to the changing seasons. It is important to point out that you can see the rabbit and deer awake in the snow. They are adapting to their changing environment. Glue the cards in the right spot.
Mini Animal and Insect Replicas
We loved using these mini animal and insect replicas for the lesson. I used them to extend the lesson. We talked about other animas that also migrate (like whales and dragonflies), hibernate (like prairie dogs) and adapt (like moose and goats). We used several sets: North American animals, Ocean life creatures, Insects, etc.
All in all, this was a fun and educational lesson on how many animals behave during winter. This started a long discussion on the subject and they were so proud of their chart. They are both currently displaying them on our living room wall. Now it’s your turn!
Here are some awesome ADAPTATION books!
Animal Adaptations (My First Science Library 1-2)Rain Forest Animal Adaptations (Amazing Animal Adaptations)How do Animals Adapt? (The Science of Living Things)Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth (Animal Science)Polar Animal Adaptations (Amazing Animal Adaptations)
There are so many resources that are helpful in this lesson. But why not make it a unit? Here is all your need: