Toothpick Porcupines

Subjects: Science, Art, Math, English Language Arts
Grade Levels: PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Resources: Toothpicks, Air Dry Clay – Color-Terracotta, black marker, dinner size paper plates
Time: 45 minutes
Made by: Susan @

Description: Make these pokey, adorable toothpick porcupines with air dry clay and toothpicks. Separate about a handful of clay in each color. Roll and smush it into a rough teardrop shape.  This will be your porcupine’s body.
Fit as many toothpicks (quills) as you can into your porcupine’s body.  Break two toothpicks in half for each porcupine, and use these shorter pieces as legs.  When they’re all set, draw smiling little faces on them.  Cute little critters!

Porcupine Facts Word Search

Subjects: Science, Biology, Environment
Grade Levels: 3rd, 4th
Resources: pencils, markers, copies of the Porcupine Facts Word Search – (1) Sheet
Time: 35 minutes
Made by: House of the Three Dinosaurs; Pennsylvania

Description: This word search contains key information on this unusual mammal: the North American Porcupine. Have fun and learn at the same time!

Additional information to support completion of the Porcupine Facts Word Search:

  1. Porcupines ar mammals and members of the rodent family. Other rodents are mice, rats, squirrels, beavers, hamsters and guinea pigs. Rodents have orane or red teeth because their enamel is very rich in iron, which makes it strong. (Think Iron Man!)
  2. They live in forests, desserts, rock outcrops and hillsides. Some live in trees.
  3. They are herbivores and usually eat leaves, twigs, plants, clover, fruit, roots and tree barks.
  4. Their quills are really modified hairs covered by keratin. Keratin is what makes our fingernails hard.
  5. The quills are hollow, which makes it easy for a porcupine to float. They are pointy, but have a hook on the end, which gets imbedded into their enemies’ skin and hurts the same way a fish hook would hurt us.
  6. Porcupines cannot shoot their quills. The quills generally lay flat until the porcupine is alarmed. These quills then spring erect, similar to us getting goosebumps when we’re scared. The erect quills make the porcupine look bigger and scarier. If that doesn’t scare the enemy off, some porcupines quiver and shake the hollow hills near their rump as a way to warn the enemy to back of. If that doesn’t work, the porcupine emits a fowl odor, chatters his teeth and stomps his back feet.

Forest Animals PowerPoint

Subjects: Science
Grade Levels: 1st, 2nd
Resources: 56 slides in the PowerPoint
Time: 52 minutes
Made by: The Jacoby Jungle, Lakeland, FL

Description: This PowerPoint is full of colorful photographs and easy to understand sentences. It explains where forests are, what they are, and why they are in danger. It gives lots of information about the following forest animals: skunks, beavers, owls, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, porcupines, and bears.

Forest Animal Word Wall

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Subjects:Science, English Language Arts, Vocabulary
Grade Levels:PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Resources:PDF Acrobat Document File
Time: 10 minutes
Made by:gewitkow, Pennsylvania

Description:For this set of word wall words there are 25 forest animal picture/word cards and 2 word sheets for easy use in the writing center. Animals included: deer, mountain lion, raccoon, groundhog, rabbit, bear (black bear), opossum, bat, squirrel, chipmunk, bobcat, ruffed grouse, turkey, quail, hawk, skunk, wolf, pheasant, porcupine, barn owl, fox, cardinal, wood duck, blue jay.

Animal Tracks

Subjects: Science
Grade Levels:PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Resources: PDF Acrobat Document File; 23 animal track cards with labels, 23 animal tracks cards without labels, 23 labels; 23 photographic pictures of animals (labeled); title cards for both the track cards and the animal cards; Cards are approx. 3¾” x 2½”.
Time: 30 minutes
Made by:Montessori Print Shop, Ontario, Canada

Description:Match each animal to their foot tracks. This work includes: black bear, beaver, dog, coyote, elk, opossum, grey squirrel, bobcat, chipmunk, black-tailed deer, mouse, porcupine, raccoon, striped skunk, grey wolf, duck, raven, quail, blue heron, robin, wild turkey, killdeer, and merganser.

A Porcupine & A Pumpkin

Pumpkin, pumpkin, and more pumpkin! What respectable porcupine could resist this delicious feast? Teddy Bear, the “talking” porcupine, can’t resist — he indulges! Listen carefully, as he’s talking with his mouth full.