February 16, 2018
by Jasmine Gibson

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Animal Habitats

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

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.


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.


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.

(5 minutes)
  • To assess student understanding, collect student worksheets, check whether students were able to choose an animal and the animal’s matching habitat.
(5 minutes)
  • Gather students together and encourage them to share the animal they chose and their animal’s habitat.

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