Crocodile and Alligator Lesson Plans

alligator lesson plans

Crocodiles and alligators are fascinating creatures.

Online resources:

  • Nile Crocodile
  • Make a crocodile or alligator moving figure with paper fasteners. I like to put these on two craft sticks, one for the jaw and one for the tail, and wiggle them around as puppets during story time. (Use the same idea for a great little dragon puppet, too.)
  • Miss Amy’s 5 Little Monkeys Lesson Plan tells about five monkeys having a bit of a run in with an alligator. Very fun music and action lesson for little ones, and a good chance to talk about teasing.

Favorite books for younger readers:

Add to the fun:

  • Plush Crocodile Puppet
  • Crocodile Dentist is a game mixing crocodiles, tooth care, and a big element of surprise. We can’t claim that it’s a learning game exactly, but it’s big fun for little kids, and it involves taking turns, something some students really need to practice.
  • Alligator Ring Toss Game is great for hand-eye coordination.

Enjoy the song, “Never Smile at a Crocodile.” The music was written by Frank Churchill for the 1953 Disney Film Peter Pan, and the words were written later by Jack Lawrence. Sing along!

Never smile at a crocodile
No, you can’t get friendly with a crocodile
Don’t be taken in by his welcome grin
He’s imagining how well you’d fit within his skin

Never smile at a crocodile
Never dip your hat and stop to talk awhile
Never run, walk away, say good-night, not good-day
Clear the aisle but never smile at Mister Crocodile

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