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Squirrels Unit Study Activities

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Squirrels are one of my favorite animals. Even though they are technically rodents, they are fun to watch during all four seasons. A squirrels unit study is a great way to learn about these amazing acrobats.

Introduction to Squirrels

This short video gives ten quick facts about squirrels.

My free squirrels copywork set gives you the opportunity to practice handwriting (print and cursive) while learning more fun facts about squirrels. You can find it for free in both my shop and my subscriber only area.

Squirrels Fun Facts CopyworkSquirrels Fun Facts Copywork


Squirrels in the United States

Where do different kinds of squirrels live in the United States? Do a little bit of research and use this map from my subscriber only area to show where different kinds of squirrels can be found (or use your own map). You can look for:

  • Eastern Gray Squirrels
  • Fox Squirrels
  • California Ground Squirrels
  • Northern Flying Squirrels
  • Southern Flying Squirrels

Create a legend on your map to show where the different squirrels live.

Unit Study United States Map

Do any overlap? Which ones live where you live? Which ones have you never seen?

If you learn a lot about two different kinds of squirrels, you can compare them using a Venn diagram (make your own or use the one in my subscriber only area).

Unit Study Venn Diagram


Chattering Squirrels

Squirrels make a number of different sounds. Don’t miss these chattering squirrels courtesy of the pumpkin cam (and the bonus creature who shows up!).


Endangered Red Squirrels in Great Britain

This is a great example of how invasive species can cause unintended consequences. This short video explains the situation in Great Britain with red squirrels (native) and gray squirrels (not native). This is an article (that parents will want to preview first) with a compelling graphic about the destruction just since 1945 – Vital volunteers needed to save our last red squirrels from Lancashire Wildlife Trust.


Squirrels Unit Study Vocabulary and Spelling

Here’s a list of words you can use for your squirrel unit study for either vocabulary or spelling. Can you think of other words to add to the list?

  • squirrel
  • flying
  • scurry
  • drey
  • seeds
  • nuts
  • bury
  • rodent
  • baffle
  • tail

You can also use this list of words to create a word search! Make your own or use the printable in my subscriber only area.

Unit Study Word Search


Saving Baby Squirrels

A short story of how a family rescued two baby squirrels.

What would you do if you found some baby squirrels who had lost their mother? How would you care for them? What would you need to buy? What would you need to do? Explain it using this printable from my subscriber only area or create your own plan.

Unit Study How To


Miss Suzy Picture Book

Did you notice one of the squirrels in the video above was named Suzy and the book Miss Suzy was in one of the photos? Miss Suzy is one of my very favorite books which I’ve written about before.

There are also lots of fun activities to do with the Miss Suzy book. You can see an entire post about this – Creative Learning Ideas for Miss Suzy.

Creative Learning Ideas for Miss Suzy 2


Squirrel Protest Letter

Most people who feed birds put baffles like these on their feeder poles to keep the squirrels from eating all of the birdseed. Why do you think they call them baffles?

Audubon Torpedo Steel Squirrel BaffleAudubon Torpedo Steel Squirrel BaffleAudubon Wrap Around Squirrel BaffleAudubon Wrap Around Squirrel Baffle

Do you think the squirrels like this? What would a squirrel say if he or she wrote to the homeowner to protest the baffle and ask to have it removed?

Write a letter from the squirrel to the keeper of the birdseed. You can use one of the letter forms from my subscriber only area or use your own paper.

Unit Study Letter - PrimaryUnit Study Letter – PrimaryUnit Study Letter - ElementaryUnit Study Letter – Elementary


Favorite Squirrel Facts from Squirrels Unit Study

What are your five favorite squirrel facts you’ve learned during this squirrels unit study? You can record them on this sheet in my subscriber only area or create your own.

Unit Study Facts About


Books and More About Squirrels

To learn more about squirrels or enjoy some squirrel-themed fun, check out these resources.

Aurora World Miyoni Grey Squirrel 8Aurora World Miyoni Grey Squirrel 8The Busy Little SquirrelThe Busy Little SquirrelEducational Insights The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel GameEducational Insights The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel GameOutwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by SquirrelsOutwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by SquirrelsTy Beanie Babies - Nuts the SquirrelTy Beanie Babies – Nuts the SquirrelSquirrels: The Animal Answer GuideSquirrels: The Animal Answer GuideThe Tale of Squirrel NutkinThe Tale of Squirrel NutkinToysmith Squirrel PenToysmith Squirrel PenScaredy SquirrelScaredy SquirrelS'Quarrels: The Game of Absolute NutsS’Quarrels: The Game of Absolute Nuts


Squirrels Unit Study Activities

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