The American Montessori Consulting website contains some hands on lessons about animals that you can use right now in your school and home classrooms.
In Part III, http://www.amonco.org/winter3/montessori_winter3.pdf of the AMC Montessori Hands On Newsletter, Montessorian Dale Gausman contributed the Acting Out How Animals Survive Winter exercise. This exercise will greatly aid children in their understanding of hibernation, adaptation, and other key science terms.
For additional information about how animals survive during the winter months, please visit Animals in the Winter – Links for Montessori Unit Study
Anna, from Wood, Etc., suggested that young children make Zebras that can be used in an Animal Safari unit study This project is indeed easy and inexpensive to make. Click here to download the instructions for this and other general hands on exercises.
To plan a unit study about wild animals please visit Let’s Go on an Animal Safari!