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You are invited to download the squirrel 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. Children will learn the stages of the squirrel life cycle, and parts of a squirrel, practice sequencing skills, and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills. This resource will come in handy when exploring the woodland biome, and learning about forest animals, vertebrates, and mammals in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.
I vividly remember as a child getting so excited spotting those furry balls of fluff squirting from one snowy branch to another. Seeing those little creatures in winter might inspire your students to learn about their habits, and life cycle and explore their anatomy.
Little newborns are born into a leafy nest – a hollow in a tree after 40 to 44 days. They are born in the late summer.
Squirrels often stay with their mother over the winter. Little baby squirrels are hairless and blind. Kits start opening their eyes generally when they are about 1 month old.
They drink their mother’s milk until they are about 2 – 3 months old. This is when they start leaving their nest on their own.
This resource contains a ‘Squirrel life cycle’ poster, worksheet, 3-part cards, and Parts of the Squirrel printables.
Here is what’s included
- Squirrel life cycle poster
- Squirrel life cycle 3 part cards
- Squirrel life cycle information cards
- Squirrel life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet
- Squirrel life cycle tracing strips
- Parts of a Squirrel poster
- Parts of a Squirrel information cards
- Parts of a Squirrel booklet (independent writing)
- Parts of a Squirrel poster minus labels
- Parts of a Squirrel labels
- Parts of a Squirrel tracing & independent writing
- Red squirrel characteristics color poster
- Red squirrel characteristics black line poster
- Red squirrel characteristics mat
- Red squirrel characteristics color cards
- Red squirrel characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
- Red squirrel characteristics student booklet
Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years
Subjects and uses in the classroom: Animals of North America and Europe, Nature Table, Science Centers, Fine motor, Prewriting, Extension work for the parts of a bird Montessori puzzle.
How to Use:
Parts of a Squirrel – Gather books on squirrels 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 squirrel’s body.
Life Cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.
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.
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.
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.
CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND PRINTABLES ABOUT SQUIRRELS
Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide
In Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide, Richard W. Thorington Jr. and Katie Ferrell unveil the fascinating world of one of the "most watched" mammals on the planet.
A Scurry of Squirrels: Nurturing The Wild
Set against the beautiful backdrop of Polly’s Perthshire farm, where she works continuously to encourage wildlife great and small, she highlights how nature can, and indeed will, recover if only we give it a chance.
Squirrels: Animals That Make a Difference!
Why do squirrels twitch their tails? Why do they pretend to hide their nuts? How do squirrels' forgotten nuts benefit Earth? Learn all about the curious world of squirrels and how you can help keep them safe.
North American Tree Squirrels
Written with clarity and wit by two top scientists, North American Tree Squirrels illuminates the everyday lives of gray and fox squirrels, the two most dominant types of tree squirrels of the eastern United States.
Squirrels of the World
Squirrels of the World, written by scientists with more than 100 years of collective experience studying these popular mammals, is the first comprehensive examination of all 285 species of squirrels worldwide.
All About Squirrels
This series is targeted toward early readers between ages 3 to 7. This series engages young minds with short, simple sentences and facts paired with vivid full-page images that will help to retain your child’s attention as you guide their reading.
Squirrels of North America
Whether you are deep in the wilderness of a national park or simply watching the wildlife in your backyard, this book will help identify and understand each species of squirrel you encounter.
Squirrels: A Wildlife Handbook
This concise, illustrated handbook presents an accurate, informative portrait of squirrels in their natural habitat, along with an examination of their relationship to man.
Animal Tracks of the Midwest Field Guide
This new edition spotlights more species―including common birds and reptiles―as well as updated track illustrations, photographs, and information.
Discover the World of Squirrels
This book focuses on the many species of tree squirrels that live all around the world. Children and adults alike will find themselves smiling at the beautiful squirrel images taken in their natural settings
Squirrels: Photos and Fun Facts for Kids
You and your child will find pictures of Squirrels in short simplified text for children learning to read or those who like picture books.
Squirrels!: A My Incredible World Picture Book for Children
Go a little "nuts" and explore the amazing world of SQUIRRELS! with over 20 full-color photos, plus fun and amazing facts about our favorite fluffy-tailed tree-dwellers.
Gray squirrels leap from high heights to move from tree to tree. Discover these delightful rodents' life cycle and lifestyle in the woods.
The Busy Little Squirrel
Focusing on all the charming features of the fall season, this sweetly illustrated story features country animals, pumpkins, leaves, apples and other signs of autumn.
Squirrel Fun Facts
Squirrel Fun Facts consisits of interesting fun facts about squirrels and colorful pictures of squirrels.
Facts About The Grey Squirrel
Learn many interesting facts and see some full-color photographs as the Squirrels are seen in their natural habitat.