Nocturnal Animals


You’re awake during the day and sleep at night, right? Many animals follow that same routine, but there’s an entire world of animals that are flip-flopped and spend the nighttime hours awake and active. Just who are these animals and how to they get anything done in the dark? Let’s find out!


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In Nocturnal Animals, learn all about animals that are active at night and the amazing adaptations that allow them to live in the dark.

Meet nocturnal animals from around the world as you discover their spectacular sight, hearing, smelling, and abilities to sense things through touch.

The eight rich lessons creatively teach the following topics:

  1. An overview of nocturnal animals
  2. The differences between nocturnal, diurnal, and crepuscular animals
  3. Eyes that see well at night
  4. Ears that hear well at night
  5. Echolocation
  6. Noses that smell well at night
  7. Sensory receptors that feel well at night
  8. Nocturnal animals you wouldn’t want to meet in the dark

Don’t let any big vocabulary mentioned above scare you! This curriculum is perfect for 1st-8th graders to do together and provides plenty of opportunities to stick to the basics or bump the learning up a notch or two.

It’s so exciting to uncover the secrets of a very active world at night!

Afraid of the dark? You’ll probably be surprised at just how much it helps to have knowledge of things that are really happening in the night.

  • 34 pages
  • Digital curriculum
  • Appropriate for black and white printing
  • Printing is not necessary
  • Content suitable for charter schools

The No Sweat Nature Study series tries to stay away from creation or evolution content. In this particular edition, some of the additional resources mention evolution because it was difficult to find neutral sources.

What is No Sweat Nature Study?

Have you ever wished for a nature study that simply didn’t require any outdoor time?

No packing of bags full of nature journals and sunblock.

No half-days spent driving to and from the nature trails.

No whining about the temperature that’s either too hot or too cold.

Well, it’s here. 

The No Sweat Nature Study series allows you to teach nature-based lessons from the comfort of your home or classroom using an amazing variety of fresh resources that will make a deep scientific impact on your students.

Through the use of kid-friendly, hand-selected videos, websites, online images, and books, you can teach nature study topics to multiple ages in short bursts of time.

Wait. Some of you are die-hard fans of “real” nature study – the outdoor kind – and you’re wondering how this curriculum could be legit, aren’t you?

Trust me when I say I am all for getting outdoors for real-life nature study. In fact, nature walks have been a weekly habit around our house for years and years now – and they’ve made a huge difference in our homeschool.

Some people just don’t like getting outside, though. Others struggle with time, energy, health, or climate issues. Some are attempting to teach nature study in co-ops or classrooms without options to get outdoors frequently.

I want everyone to have the opportunity to study in-depth nature topics, and this curriculum is just about as close to real life nature walks as you can get without going outside.

But, don’t stop reading just yet my “real” nature study friend. YOU can benefit from this curriculum, too! It’s a great way to add some depth and understanding to things you’re already discovering in the field during your nature walks.

Whether your a fan of nature walks or not, you’ll find this series to provide you with a unique method to experience nature study!

  • You get to choose exactly how much and what you study as you work through eight lessons.
  • The activities are leveled for difficulty, while allowing you the opportunity to do more or less depending on the interests and abilities of your students.
  • Whether you do a little or a lot from each lesson, rest assured that serious nature-based science will be learned.

This curriculum is perfect to add to a morning time routine. It’s also perfect to use once-a-week as a supplement to your regular science curriculum. If you choose to do all the lessons and really dig deep within each, you could use No Sweat Nature Study as your complete science curriculum for whichever topics you choose. How you choose to use it is really up to you!

Written with 1st-8th graders in mind, the topics are really very in-depth. Using kid-size terminology and resources, I think you’ll be surprised and excited about how much scientific information your students are able to absorb!


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