Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11571

Do you find it hard to wake up in the morning? How would you like to sleep for a few months without waking up or eating? During winter, some animals do just that! Learn how they spend the cold winter!


Life Science

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Where are all the animals in the picture above? How do you think animals survive during the winter?

In some parts of the world, when winter comes along, it brings cold temperatures and snowfall.

  • What do you think animals do when winter comes? 
  • How do they find food? 
  • How do they survive the cold temperatures?

Share your answers with your parent or teacher.

snow-covered forest

Many animals will struggle to find food during the winter.

  • Why do you think it is so hard to find food?

Look at the pictures above and below for clues. Tell your parent or teacher your answer.

buck in snow-covered forest

That's right! It is much harder for animals to find food in the winter time because of all the snow.

There are many ways for animals to survive during this harsh time of year. Some animals migrate. This means they fly, swim, or walk to places that are warmer during the winter time.

Some animals hibernate. This lesson is all about hibernation. Read on to learn about how animals hibernate.

hibernating groundhog

Small animals are more likely to hibernate than large animals. Chipmunks, bats, raccoons, skunks, and groundhogs are examples of small animals that hibernate. A large animal that hibernates is a bear. Read on to learn about what happens during hibernation.

hibernating bear

Before an animal hibernates, it eats lots of food! This helps the animal gain weight before it hibernates. These animals also build their dens, which are cozy, hidden homes, before hibernation. They store extra food in their homes in case they wake up during hibernation.

Animals that hibernate go into a deep sleep-like state. During hibernation, an animal's body temperature drops and its heart rate slows down to save energy. Some animals will wake up during hibernation if their body gets too cold. They stay in their homes until the temperature warms up. When the temperature is warm, they come out of their homes.

hibernating dormouse

Before moving on to the next section, tell a parent or teacher how an animal's body changes when it hibernates.

Elephango's Philosophy

We help prepare learners for a future that cannot yet be defined. They must be ready for change, willing to learn and able to think critically. Elephango is designed to create lifelong learners who are ready for that rapidly changing future.