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Forest Animal Track Templates

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  • This printable worksheet features the shapes of tracks for 12 forest animals: deer, skunk, fox, rabbit, weasel, porcupine, mouse, coyote, raccoon, chipmunk, bobcat, and grey squirrel. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is easy to differentiate and use for many types of lessons and learning experiences. 
  • Visual learners or students who aren't yet fluent readers will do well with this resource. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some prior knowledge about forest animals and animal tracks. 


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in social studies classes discussing animal tracking in history or in math classes working on patterns. 
  • This resource would make a fun game of matching, where students match the tracks to a picture of the animal. Pairs of students can check each other's work. 
  • For a fun outdoor activity, cut out each track and use chalk to trace the "tracks" on a paved surface or have students look for the animal tracks outside after it rains or snows.
Scientist Notes
This is a template containing animal footprints. It is suitable for students to acquaint themselves should they need to engage in a local field expedition.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
      • 1-LS3-1 Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
      • 3-LS3-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
      • 3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
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