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2nd Grade - Act. 27: How Animals Prepare for Winter


This lesson teaches students that some animals migrate and others hibernate during the winter months.


  • How and Why Animals Prepare for Winter by Elaine Pascoe
  • Animals Workbook

Additional Resources

Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.

Process Skills
Observation, classification

Instructional Procedures

Invitation to Learn
Ask students to describe what they do differently when winter comes.

Instructional Procedures

  1. Read aloud How and Why Animals Prepare for Winter. Discuss animal adaptations as you read.
  2. After reading about migratory animals, have students complete the migratory section of their book and draw animals that migrate in the wintertime.
  3. Repeat with hibernating and active animals.


If you have access to pictures of animals, sort them into groups: migratory, hibernating, or active animals. Make pinecone birdfeeders (pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed).

Family Connections
Discuss pets and animals in the neighborhood. What do they do to prepare for winter?

Assessment Plan

Do they have appropriate animals in the correct categories? Are there hibernating animals on the page talking about migrating animals?

Created: 08/12/2003
Updated: 03/23/2022