Lesson Plan

Animal Habitats

Students will love thinking about lots of interesting animal homes and the different types of animals who live in each one!
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Learning Objectives

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


(5 minutes)
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  • 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. Encourage students to think about similarities between people and animals. Prompt students as needed by asking: Where do animals (e.g. dog/cat) like to rest? What do animals eat? Do animals need anything to stay safe from predators?
  • Instruct students to Think-Pair-Share. Have students sit knee to knee with a partner. Allow a minute of silent think time to consider each prompt. At your signal, students should take turns sharing a response to each prompt.
  • Call the class back together, and invite a few volunteers to share their thinking with the whole group. Record student ideas under the heading "What Animals Need."
  • Explain that animals all live in something called a habitat, which is what we call the most ideal or natural home of that animal.