This is a list I began my first year of teaching that I have added to for about 20 years and have used at every age possible!
It is organized by non-scientific groups (zoo, farm, close to water, etc) with cognates on the left without definitions [French Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â©lÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â©phant doesn't really need English elephant next to it does it?] and more complicated terms for language learners in text boxes that are easy for you to copy and paste into any document.
I am currently using this with chapter 7 of Holt's Bien DitÃƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â® 2 blue textbook which is a camping/animal/nature unit I've been developing to go with that this year. (Watch and see other postings if any of these topics are useful to you and I will have more in the summer of 2011.)
Animals or groups of them can be used at every level with every age of school student from primary to secondary. These are all fantastic topics to fill an awkwardly scheduled week, step back from the book a bit, and build into reading, writing, speaking, or listening activities.
I will be posting a few animal activities by June 15, 2011 so watch for those. My students have loved them as a break from their AP classes.
Please let me know if there are any problems at all with content or accuracy. I have a master's and 20+ year's experience, so I'm hopeful the quality lives up to that. I need some feedback! I'm new to selling this spring. Au secours!