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Activity Plan 4-5: Animal Habitats
Young scholars investigate the world around them with this animal habitat activity. In this early childhood lesson plan, students create murals depicting animal habitats to encourage the development of science, geography, creative-thinking, and social skills.
Animal and Plant Habitats
Second graders write and illustrate a story. In this habitats instructional activity, 2nd graders learn about different types of plant and animal habitats. Students view video segments about habitats, answer comprehension questions, complete a crossword puzzle, read stories about different animal habitats and use the information learned to write and illustrate a story about habitats.
African Animals in Habitats
Students investigate animal habitats in zoos. In this animal habitat lesson, students fill in a KWLH chart about zoos before looking at pictures of African animals in zoo habitats. They discuss what they see and take a field trip to the zoo where they take digital pictures of animals in their habitats. They complete an art project of a chosen habitat.
An animal habitat is like the neighborhood where animals live. It's a place they can get everything they need to survive; air, food, shelter, and water. Explore animal habitats with your first graders. In small groups, they create a habitat diorama for an animal they are familiar with, such as a pet. After completing the project they share their habitats with the whole group. Note: The activity is lacking, in that the children are not learning about animals living outside of the home.
Hanging in the Habitat: Animal Habitats in the School Yard
Seventh graders create a puzzle for their classmates to complete. They identify the characteristics of three animal habitats. They write an essay on how to protect the areas from destruction.
Students explore animal lifestyles by researching their characteristics. In this animal habitat lesson, students read the story Over in the Jungle and analyze the animal illustrations in the book. Students create clay animal characters from the story and photograph their characters in their correct habitats.
What Animals Need to Live
Fourth graders read "Habitat: What Animals Need to Live" then create a Venn diagram for herbivore, omnivore, and carnivore. In this animal survival lesson, 4th graders determine where different animals need to live depending on what they eat, and summarize what elements are needed for survival (food, water, shelter, space).
Matching Games, Trees and Animals
Students identify and define new words as they are introduced to specific trees, leaves, animals and animal habitats, engage in literacy-related play by playing games that focus on animals and trees mentioned in book, A Tree for Me, and connect reading to real-life experiences.
Animal and Plant Habitats
Second graders study the habitats of plants and animals. They use Kidspiration to practice naming plants and animals in given habitats. Students use Internet sites to research animal and plant habitats. They will then use Microsoft Word to write and illustrate a story about plant and animal habitats.
BIOMIMICRY, Housing Naturally: Habitat as Model
Learners explore natural animal habitats. In this lesson on biomimicry and habitation design, students will use classroom and field examples to examine animal habitats. Learners will construct a model of a natural animal habitat. This lesson includes field work, multiple resources and spans several days.
Animal Habitats and Adaptations
Students choose from the following list a method of presentation: writing piece, poster, diorama, song/rap, skit, PowerPoint presentation, or web page of a representation of a habitat, adaptation, an example of how we destroy/promote animal survival. They then provide a bibliography of resources cited.
Learners explore animal habitats in this collaborative lesson. First, they read Who Lives Here? by Dot and Sy Barlowe. Next, they get into groups to do research on one of three habitats, ponds, grasslands, or deserts. Finally, they create a visual presentation of what they learned, and share it with the class.
ELD Lesson Planner: Animal Habitats
Explore the ocean and the woods with this ELD lesson, which involves three Houghton Mifflin short stories ("Nights of the Pufflings," "Seal Surfer," and "Two Days in May"). Your third graders will enjoy reading about animals in their natural habitats, and will be quick to learn the necessary vocabulary. The lesson addresses three listening and speaking ELD standards, as well as reading and writing ELD standards, and is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
Animal Habitat Poem
Groups of pupils circulate through five animal habitat stations and add information to the circle map located in each station. Then, they are shown the form of a lantern poem, and go to the computer lab in order to construct an original poem in the lantern form. They view a variety of animals in their habitats and create a poem about the animal of their choice. Both the poem and the picture are printed, and a bulletin board is created in class. Very nice!
Habitats of the World
Students discover that the Earth supports many different animal habitats. In this habitat lesson students research different habitats of the world. Students show how the animals in their habitat are adapted.
Animal Colors and Shapes
Students investigate the natural characteristics of animals by completing a coloring activity. In this animal properties lesson, students investigate the reasons different animals have specific colors, and how it is essential for their survival. Students examine images of the animals using a computer and color them.
First graders get out and explore two different habitats to examine how each one meets the needs of the plants and animals that dwell there. They discuss what they've learned about animal habitats as they explore the outdoor environment. This lesson plan includes several excellent extension/ assessment ideas.
Habitat-What's That? (Lesson 1)
First graders orally define the word habitat and list general items that are found in an animal's habitat.
Details and Vocabulary
Research and write about animal habitats or historical settings after listening to the book Tulip Sees America by Cynthia Rylant. The whole group locates and discusses vivid word choices that describe the main character's journey across the United States. Individuals select a research topic, complete a graphic organizer based on this research, and write a paragraph including interesting descriptive details.
Animal Habitat Poem
Fourth graders brainstorm knowledge of animal habitats. They create a lantern poem about an animal in its habitat. They download clip art to use in the habitat they draw. They compose poetry using assigned topic.