Make learning about the aquatic mammals Pinnipeds FUN with this no prep, zoology science lesson for elementary age students. With the easy-to-read text filled with interesting facts plus cute clipart, engaging worksheets, coloring pages, review game, answer key, and more – this is a great lesson for kids to learn all about pinnipeds!
What is a Pinniped?
If you’ve ever visited a zoo, aquarium, sea world, or famous Pier 39 in San Francisco you’ve probably been charmed and fascinated by friendly sea lions. Even if you weren’t headed to see them, you could probably hear them making their vocalizations. Sea lions, seals, and walruses are all carnivorous, aquatic mammals that are part of a group called Pinnipeds.
These large animals are super cute and funny to watch – especially as they try to haul out their large bodies from the water. However when they swim – they are truly graceful and downright acrobatic. They are lots of fun to watch. This seal lion lesson is a fun science unit is a fun way to learn more about these amazing animals for kids of all ages from kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade students.
In this pinniped lesson, we will learn about seals, true seals, sea lions, and walruses. We will explore the coasts where these large aquatic mammals make their rookeries to bear about one pup a year. Also, we will learn how blubber keeps them warm in an easy science experiment. There is a lot of easy-to-read information for students in these black and white printable pages filled with interesting facts, cute clipart, colorful pictures on flashcards, pinniped BINGO game for review, and lots of worksheets to help kids learn the differences between pinnipeds. This pack includes 32 pages in the pdf file. Everything is easy to use, fun to learn, and low prep making it a great stand alone unit, supplement to your science curriculum, way to explore an interest you child has, or to put together with our other non fiction science lessons to learn about the ocean and aquatic animals.
Seals for Kids
All the pages except for the flashcards and printable craft are in black and white to save you on printing costs. You can read the material on your laptop, desktop or phone if you want to save even more printing and paper costs. We like to print the pages and the kids color the cute pinniped clipart as we learn about these unique and amazing animals that live in the water.
Included on the pinniped facts for kids pages is instructions for a simple science experiment that will help kids understand life for seals, walrus, and sea lions even better. Doing hands on activities make things so much more memorable so they retain the information better.
Sea Lion Facts
Kids remember best by not only reading, but by doing. So we’ve included various options for kids to use the information they learned to complete these pinniped worksheets. Each printable includes an answer key!
- Harp Seal Life Cycle
- Walrus Life Cycle
- Sea Lion Anatomy
- Walrus Anatomy
- Text Detective – read passage and teach kids to look for context clues with these clever color the clue reading skills for comprehension pages
- Contrast a sea lion and a walrus with the t chart page
- Check what kids learned by filling in the True and Fales worksheet
- Planning your report template
- All About Pinnipeds report form (or use it to for creative writing)
- Pinniped writing prompts to check what they’ve learned
- Walrus & Pup Coloring Page
- Sea Lion Rookery Coloring Sheet
Walrus Facts for Kids
In this seal, sea lion, and walrus lesson your kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, and grade 8 student will learn what these water dwelling animals have, live, and eat. Kids will have fun recording what they’ve learned as they make this cute printable animal craft.
Make all 3 (walrus, sea lion, and sea) if you like. You can print in color or in black and white and use crayons to colour the animals with crayons, colored pencils, markers, gel pens, etc. Now use scissors to cut out he template, and glue or tape together on the tabs. Fold along the solid lines and you have a super cute pinniped craft!
Kids will love reviewing what they’ve learned about pinnipeds with this fun science game for kids. Simply print the black and white bingo cards, grab something to mark your space (lego, M&M, buttons, etc), and cut apart your calling cards. Read the clues and have students mark the spot corresponds. You can play 4-in-a-row, four corners, black, or whatever version you like. There are 4 distinctive bingo cards so this is intended for a science center / small group or a family to use in a homeschool / homeschooler coop.
Don’t miss the other animal studies we’ve created!
- All About Whales
- All About Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, walrus)
- All About Herps (sea turtles, sea snakes, aquatic frogs, toads, salamander)
- All About Fish, Sharks, and Rays
- All About Mollusks, Crustaceans, & Cephalopods (crabs, lobsters, octopus, bivalves, clams)
- All About Echinoderms & Cnidarians (Jellyfish, Sea Stars, Sand Dollars, Coral)
For use in a classroom or co-op, please purchase the teacher licensed version.
Because of the sheer amount of time this resource took to create, there is a small fee to purchase this impressive pack filled with information, links to animal videos, science worksheets, science craft, and more! But you know me, my heart is to keep things free (or as close to free as I can possibly make them) so this amazing unit for you to study pinnipeds is only $1.99!
** Please note this is a printable unit. You will not be mailed any physical product.
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