Habitat Needs of Animals


Fourth graders explore animal habitats. In this science lesson, 4th graders determine the preferred habitat of a snail. Students observe and record the movements of a snail in a test habitat and use the observations to determine the preferred habitat.

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Instructional Design
Inquiry-Based Learning
Adam Hunt

Animal Adaptations

Third graders research how animals adapt in different environments. In this animal adaptation lesson, 3rd graders simulate blubber by using household items. Students experience how an elephant seal stays warm in cold climates. Students also research an animal of their choice and a habitat which they think the animal could possibly adapt.

Musical Habitats

Students create an eagle habitat and discuss what habitat loss does to the population of that animal. In this habitat lesson plan, students play a habitat game and discuss how animal population can be restored.

Plants and Animals Around the Year

Second graders observe plants and animals in the schoolyard. They describe how the animals change both in appearance and behavior throughout the year. In teams, 2nd graders perform a variety of activities such as acting out a story about an animal during the different seasons, creating a map of the schoolyard, and playing a guessing game. Children research one or more plants and animals for a poster presentation.

Investigating Animals In Soil

Learners investigate animal activity inside the soil. In this animals in soil lesson plan, students do this is groups and complete drawings and label what they find.

Animal Necessities

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 lesson is lacking, in that the children are not learning about animals living outside of the home. 

Animal Behavior

Students observe animal behaviors and record their observations. For this animal behavior lesson students record animal behaviors at specific intervals of time using an ethogram. Students may first practice an ethogram using a classmate. Students reflect on the animal behaviors they have observed.

Observing Mealworms & Earthworms

Fifth graders build worm habitats and observe the activities of mealworms and earthworms. They experiment to show how the worms react to changes in light, temperature, touch, moisture, food, etc. They even watch as some of the mealworms change into beetles.

Coral Reef Habitat Match

Different animals live in different habitats, and each animal has specifically adaptive traits that make them tailor-made for their environments. This is true on land and in the ocean. Little ones examine how various marine animals have adapted traits that help them survive in coral reefs, on the sandy ocean floor, or in the open ocean. They discuss what types of animals live in which habitats, then they color, cut, and paste each animal onto a picture of their proper ocean home. Tip: This idea could make for a great wall mural, where the children create ocean animals and their ocean homes.

African Animals in Habitats

Learners 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.

Meet an Aquatic Snail

Students explore aquatic snails. In this life science lesson, students create a class list of questions about aquatic snails and begin to observe aquatic snails in the classroom. Students record observations.

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