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You are invited to download the elephant pack – learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images and photographs to create hands-on science activities for your students.
Elephants are the largest land animals in the world. They have big ears that they use to cool themselves off and a long trunk that helps them grab food and drink water. Elephants are social animals and live in family groups.
They use their trunks to communicate with each other and to show affection. Elephants are herbivores and eat a lot of plants every day. Unfortunately, elephants are in danger because of hunting and habitat loss. It’s important to protect these amazing animals to ensure they continue to thrive in the wild for future generations to enjoy.
The elephant life cycle begins with a female elephant giving birth after a gestation period of about 22 months. Newborn elephants can weigh up to 260 pounds and are dependent on their mothers for the first few years of their lives. Elephants go through several stages of development, including the weaning stage where they start to eat solid food and the juvenile stage where they learn social skills and how to use their trunks. The life expectancy of an elephant can range from 60 to 70 years in the wild.
Children will learn stages of the elephant life cycle and parts of an African elephant, practice sequencing skills, and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills. This resource will come in handy if you are planning to refresh your shelf work with animals of the continents activities, explore Africa and the savanna biome, or learn about different types of African animals and vertebrates in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.
This resource contains an elephant life cycle poster, worksheet, 3-part cards, and parts of an African elephant printable.
Here is what’s included:
- Elephant life cycle poster
- Elephant life cycle 3 part cards
- Elephant life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet (color and blackline)
- Elephant life cycle tracing strips
- Parts of an Elephant poster
- Parts of an Elephant poster minus labels
- Parts of an Elephant labels
- Parts of an Elephant tracing & independent writing worksheet
- Parts of an Elephant student booklet (independent writing)
- Types of Elephants 3 part cards
- Types of Elephants information cards
- Elephant characteristics color poster
- Elephant characteristics black line poster
- Elephant characteristics mat
- Elephant characteristics color cards
- Elephant characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
- Elephant characteristics student booklet
Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years
Subjects and uses in the classroom: Tropical Grasslands, Animals of Africa, Nature Table, Science Centers, Fine motor, Prewriting
How to Use:
Parts of an elephant– Gather books on elephants for children to explore. Print posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards.
Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards. Velco will come in especially handy if you decide to take your work outdoors. Having an additional challenge for little fingers is always welcomed when working with young children.
Present the poster – name all parts and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part. Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the elephant’s body.
Life cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the elephant’s life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.
Elephant life cycle 3- part cards – Print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and card quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word.
Elephant life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.
African elephant tracing and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and slide them into plastic pockets.
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