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Missouri Species Coloring Sheets

The Coloring Sheets

organized by taxonomic group

  • Fungi
  • Plants (herbaceous, woody)
  • Animals (molluscs, arthropods, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals)

organized by ecosystem

 

About the Coloring Sheets

The coloring sheets introduce children, youth and adults to Missouri species using coloring as a way to engage interest. In addition, each sheet has information on the species' characteristics, classifcation, range and place in the food web.

 

Coloring Sheet Lesson Ideas

2nd Grade

Science: Life Science Organisms and Ecosystems

English Language Arts: Reading Informational Text, Writing and Speaking

Math: Measurement and Modeling

 

 

Coloring Sheets

The coloring sheets are available as pdfs and can be downloaded, copied and used for educational uses. The images are shown colored in as examples of what the natural coloring would be. The downloadable pdfs of the images are NOT COLORED IN so that the person using them can color them in.

 

 

Fungi

Lobster Mushroom
Lobster Mushroom

 

 

Plants

Big Bluestem
Big Bluestem

Common MilkweedCommon Milkweed Coloring Sheet  

Eastern Red Cedar
Eastern Red Cedar

Flowering Dogwood
Flowering Dogwood

White Oak
White Oak

 

 

Animals

Molluscs

Ebony Shell
Ebony Shell

   

Arthropods

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

Northern Crayfish
Northern Crayfish

Writing Spider
Writing Spider, aka black and yellow garden spider

   

Fish

Bluegill
Blue Gill

Channel Catfish
Channel Catfish

 

Amphibians

American Bullfrog
American Bullfrog

   

Reptiles

Eastern Collared Lizard
Eastern Collared Lizard

Three-toed Box Turtle
Three-toed Box Turtle

Birds

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey

Northern Bobwhite QuailNorthern Bobwhite Quail Turkey VultureTurkey Vulture  

Mammals

Fox Squirrel
Fox Squirrel

Raccoon
Raccoon

Coyote
Coyote

Indiana BatIndiana Bat

 

 

Organized by Ecosystem (click on images in taxonomic section to download pdfs)

 

Forest

forest

Lobster Mushroom Sulfur Shelf Flowering Dogwood White Oak British Soldier Lichen
Three-toed Box Turtle Cardinal Turkey Fox Squirrel Indiana Bat

 

 

Prairie

Prairie Species

Big Bluestem Milkweed Three-toed box turtle Northern Bobwhite Quail  
Honey Bee Monarch Butterfly Writing Spider Eastern Bluebird Coyote

 

 

Stream, River, Pond or Lake

Ebony Shell Northern Crayfish Bluegill    
Raccoon Channel Catfish Bullfrog    

 

 

Glade

Eastern Red Cedar        
Eastern Collared Lizard        

 

 

Foldables

Whirlybirds are squares that can be folded into shapes that allow the user to "uncover" information about whatever is shown on a flap by lifitng the flap.

Prairie, Foreset or Edge? Where do different species like to live?    
Prairie, Forest or Edge whirlybird
   

 

Visual Essays

Visual essays are pictures that can help a person think or talk about an environmental idea or issue.

Human Footprint Visual Essay Questions

 

Human Footprint Visual Essay

As the consideration of resources moves from air to shelter, the amounts and kinds of resources used are shaped less by physical need and more by the personal choices we make and the cultural, economic, governmental and structural systems in which we live.

In your life, which uses are shaped by physical needs, which by personal choice, which by systems and which by the interaction of needs, choices and systems?

Which uses can be changed by choice, and which only by changing systems?

How are the things we need, like air or water, affected by the things we use?

Which resource is each person entitled to? How do your choices and systems affec other's access to those resources?

 

Public Lands Visual Essay

Each of the icons on the sheet represents a use of public lands. Cut out the icons, add a few of your own relevant to your area, and try sorting them into different groups based on characteristics of the use - recreation vs. production, human-powered vs. gas powered, etc.

public lands

8 Questions About Eating Meat Visual Essay

This visual essay poses 8 questions related to eating meat to help individuals or groups explore their understanding of and attitudes about eating meat so they can make well-thought out decisions about meat in their diet. There are other questions about eating meat, these are just to get the discussion going!

8 Questions About Eating Meat

Plastic Game Cards (cards, instructions)

Plastics Game Cards

About the Missouri Coloring Sheets

These coloring sheets introduce young chiildren to Missouri Species. The large drawing in the center is designed for children seven and older to color on their own. The box on the upper right hand side tells what colors to use if children are interested in their drawing looking like the living species. However, any colors are fine and can be used to talk about why species are one color and not another.

The coloring sheets are available as pdfs and can be downloaded, copied and used for educational uses. At the bottom of this page there is a blank coloring sheet if you would like to create your own coloring sheet.

Let us know what you think and how you are using the sheets! email Jan Weaver at weaverjc@missouri.edu

 

Coloring Sheet Lesson Ideas (for 2nd Grade)

download a pdf of lesson ideas

 

Science

Have the students work in pairs or small groups. Hand out 9 to 12 sheets ensuring a good mix of organism (plants, animals, fungi, and terrestrial, aquatic, vertebrate and invertebrate). Have each pair or group discuss, answer and report on the questions below.

Life Sciences - Organisms

Life Sciences – Ecosystems

 

English Language Arts

Reading - Informational Text
Have each student pick one coloring sheet on which to focus.

Writing
Have each student research an organism that lives in Missouri and make a new coloring sheet for it using a blank coloring sheet

Speaking and Listening
Arrange students in small groups with other students who have different organisms, and have them discuss how their organisms could interact with each other.

 

Math

Have the students work in pairs or small groups.

Measurement (and pre-proportions)

Modeling

 

 

Blank Coloring Sheet

Blank Coloring Sheet