Lesson Plan

Animal Autographs

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Grade Level:
First Grade-Second Grade
60 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:

Colorado State Standards:
Science 1.2.2; 2.2.1; 2.2.2
Mathematics 1.4.1; 2.4.1


Students become wildlife detectives using animal tracks and other signs to determine the presence of wildlife. Use of geometric shapes helps students identify and classify common animal signs found in nature.


Students learn about local wildlife and clues that animals can leave behind. By comparing shapes to animal track stamps, students can distinguish local animal tracks.


Stations will need to be set up prior to lesson in the classroom (2 sets of 4 different stations). Each station consists of an animal track stamp, ink pad, 3 traceable shapes (1 "correct," 2 "incorrect"), a spelling key, and the picture of the corresponding animal. Leave out enough track worksheets for each student to have their own.


Track Story Samples (10 copies), Animal Track/Shape worksheet (one per student), "Who goes there" bin (white imprints, packets of animals, pictures), snowshoe, flipper, Whose Tracks Are These? by Jim Nail



Ask questions throughout the program to determine student understanding. If there is time at the end of the lesson, read a few pages from Whose Tracks are These? By: Jim Nail.

Park Connections

Curecanti National Recreation Area contains examples of ecosystems characteristic of native Colorado as well as a human-made reservoir system; these habitats provide outstanding opportunities to experience and appreciate a diversity of life. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park protects fragile resources along a vertical spectrum from canyon floor to dark skies.


animal, tracks, shapes, beaver, porcupine, wildlife, adaptations, stamps

Last updated: February 24, 2015