Nocturnal Animals

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11570

Can you well see in the dark? Would you want to walk around the woods at night without a flashlight? There are animals that "work" at night! Watch videos and play online games to learn how they do it!


Life Science

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Kinesthetic, Visual
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Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
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Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Did you know some animals sleep all day and stay up all night? Did you ever hear of a "night owl"? What might that mean?

Have you ever heard an animal digging through your trash at night, or maybe seen animals running in the street after dark?

Did you ever look up in the sky at night and see what you thought was a very low-flying, fast-flapping bird, only to find out it was really a bat? Were you ever outside playing late in the summertime and smelled a stinky skunk? Have you ever wondered why you don't smell skunks, see bats, or hear animals in your trash during the daytime? Share your ideas and answers to these questions with your parent or teacher.

raccoon family at night

There are many different types of animals that spend their nights hunting for food, playing, and exploring. These active night animals are called nocturnal animals. Nocturnal animals sleep all day and stay up at night. Watch the Night Animals | Animal Songs by Pinkfong! Kids' Songs & Stories video below to learn about nocturnal animals:

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There are many animals that are nocturnal. Can you think of some animals that are nocturnal? Watch the Night Animals for Kids by Socratica Kids video below to learn about the characteristics of nocturnal animals. While watching the video, you can write or draw your answers to the questions below:

  1. What are two examples of nocturnal animals?
  2. How do wolves talk to each other?
  3. What do most nocturnal animals use at night to help them see?
  4. What do nocturnal animals do during the day?

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Did you answer all the questions?

Great! Share your answers with your parent or teacher. When you are finished sharing your answers, move on to the Got It? section to play a nocturnal animal game!

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