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Where is My Home?

Students will go wild for this hands-on habitat lesson. Who can help the animals find their homes?
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In this classroom activity, help animals from all over the world answer an important question: Where is my home? Catered to first graders, this lesson plan will have students asking questions about what animals need to survive. Whether it’s food, water, or shelter, there are plenty of answers that will help your students better understand plants, animals, and the earth. This science lesson features a variety of worksheets and hands-on activities to reinforce how different animals fit into their habitats.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify and discuss different habitats.


(20 minutes)
Animal Habitats Match-UpAnimal Habitats Coloring
  • Gather the students together in a comfortable area.
  • Write the word survive on the board. Ask the students to turn and talk to a partner, explaining what they think the word means. Allow a few pairs of partners to share their ideas. Clarify that the word survive means to stay alive.
  • Ask the students to think of what humans need to survive and generate a list on the whiteboard with the heading Human Needs. Ideas include shelter, food, exercise, clothing, water, safety, and love.
  • Ask students to stand if they have a pet.
  • Ask the students to think of what their pet needs to survive. Generate a second list on the whiteboard with the heading Pet Needs. Student ideas for pet needs may include love, shelter, food, water, exercise, etc.
  • Encourage a volunteer or two to circle the needs humans and pets have in common.
  • Ask the students to think about animals that live outside. Explain to students that since these animals are wild, they have basic needs that must be met for them to survive. Reiterate that there is no one giving them bowls of food and water!
  • Explain to the students that the four basic needs for living things are food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young.
  • Write habitat on the whiteboard and ask students if they have ever heard the word before.
  • Allow students sufficient time to offer their ideas. Explain to the students that a habitat is the place where a living thing (or community of living things) lives. This is their home.
  • Explain to the students that today they will be trying to help animals get to the right habitat so they can survive!