Lesson Plan:

Animal Habitats

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February 16, 2018
by Jasmine Gibson
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February 16, 2018
by Jasmine Gibson

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to understand and identify the different habitats that animals live in.

Lesson

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Introduce the lesson by asking students to think about what kinds of things animals might need to survive.
  • Write “What Animals Need” on the board and record student thinking in a list. Encourage students to think about similarities between people and animals. Prompt students as needed by asking: Where does (dog/cat) animal like to rest? What do animals eat? Do animals need anything to stay safe from predators?
  • Explain that animals all live in something called a habitat, which is what we call the most ideal or natural home of that animal.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Read aloud the book book Habitats by William B. Rice. Pause as you read to define unknown words and to add information to “What Animals Need” list.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Ask students to think about some of the different kinds of habitats in the world by naming some of the most common (desert, forest, ocean, jungle).
  • Write Desert, Forest, Ocean, and Jungle on the board and ask students to think about each habitat and what animals and plants they might see in that habitat.
  • Capture student thinking on the board by passing out sticky notes or index cards and having students draw a picture of a plant or animal for each habitat. Then, have them place their cards under the correct title.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Explain that students will now get to choose an animal who lives in one of the habitats we discussed (and are listed on the board) and get to draw a picture of their animal in its habitat.
  • Pass out a copy of the My Animal Habitat worksheet to each student.

Extend

Differentiation

Support:

For students who need additional support, help them choose an animal and identify the habitat for their animal before passing out the My Animal Habitat worksheet.

Enrichment:

For advanced students or those who finish early, pass out copies of the Animal Habitat Match-Up and Animal Habitats Coloring worksheets for them to complete.

Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • To assess student understanding, collect student worksheets, check whether students were able to choose an animal and the animal’s matching habitat.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Gather students together and encourage them to share the animal they chose and their animal’s habitat.

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