Teaching Habitats

This Teaching Habitats unit also includes:

What makes up a habitat? Use this resource to engage first graders in the exploration of desert, wetland, forest, and ocean habitats. Youngsters classify plants and animals into the four distinct habitats through drawings and cutting and pasting. The last two lessons involve creating a mini-book of a local habitat, and writing a diamante poem about a specific plant or animal.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a habitat word wall including terms such as, habitat, desert, ocean, forest, wetland, living organisms, nonliving organisms, inhabitants, and characteristics
  • Showcase various books that relate to each type of habitat being discussed (i.e. Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z. Guiberson)
Classroom Considerations

  • Unit contains five lessons for learning about habitats
  • Review all materials prior to teaching

  • Reproducibles and mini-book templates are included within the resource
  • Can be adapted to second and third grade classes

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