Elephant Theme Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

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Age group: Preschool to early elementary 

Activities > Science & Social Studies > Learning about Elephants

Encourage a discussion and dialogue:
  • Demonstrate the elephant images in the poster and a coloring version.
  • Ask the children if they have ever seen a real elephant and discuss comments.  
  • What do they know about elephants.
  • Do they have a favorite story or book / TV elephant character.
  • Read the animal facts in the poster.
Discuss some simple facts about elephants. 
  • The elephant is an enormous mammal with a very long nose called a trunk.
  • Elephants have curved tusks, huge floppy ears, and four long thick legs.
  • Elephants use their trunks to pick up food, drink water, smell, hug or lift things.
  • They use their tusks to dig roots.
  • Elephants travel in herds eating tons of plants every day.
  • Elephants exhibit emotions:  joy, grief, love, compassion.
  • African elephants are the largest mammals that live on land.
  • Indian elephants are smaller and can be trained to work with people.
  • The African and Asiatic elephant are endangered.
Online resources > Activity > Online Jigsaw Puzzle > Elephant
Present this cute six-piece online jigsaw puzzle to practice problem solving.  Adjust number or pieces using the Change Cut button on the left.

Activity >
Online Story > The Bossy Elephant
Meet Elias the Elephant and his other animal friends in Africa, and some really great book recommendations.

poster or flashcards
coloring version


Online jigsaw puzzle

Bilingual - English & Spanish


Online story time
Alphabet > Letter EElephant | Animals > MammalsElephant Holidays and Events > Jun > Zoo and Aquarium Month - Sept 22nd > Elephant Appreciation Day - Dec 27th > Visit the Zoo Day www.first-school.ws