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Animal Habitats

Kindergarten Reading, Science

by Jasmine Gibson February 16, 2018

Students will love thinking about lots of interesting animal homes and the different types of animals who live in
each one!

Learning Objectives

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

Materials and preparation Key terms

A copy of the book Habitats by William B. Rice habitat


Sticky notes or index cards
Class set of the My Animal Habitat worksheet
Crayons or markers
Class set of the Animal Habitat Match-Up
worksheet (optional)
Class set of the Animal Habitats Coloring
worksheet

Attachments

My Animal Habitat (PDF)


Animal Habitats Match-Up (PDF)
Animal Habitats Coloring (PDF)

Introduction (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. Encourage students to think about similarities between people
and animals. Prompt students as needed by asking: Where do animals (e.g. dog/cat) like to rest? What do
animals eat? Do animals need anything to stay safe from predators?
Instruct students to Think-Pair-Share. Have students sit knee to knee with a partner. Allow a minute of
silent think time to consider each prompt. At your signal, students should take turns sharing a response
to each prompt.
Call the class back together, and invite a few volunteers to share their thinking with the whole group.
Record student ideas under the heading "What Animals Need."
Explain that animals all live in something called a habitat, which is what we call the most ideal or natural
home of that animal.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling (10 minutes)

Read aloud the book book Habitats by William B. Rice. Pause as you read to consider unknown words
found in the text. Ask students, "What do you think this word means? Why do you think that?" Discuss
strategies for figuring out the meaning of unknown words (e.g. use the photographs or context clues from
the sentence).

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Tell students to give you a thumbs up if the book gives new information about what animals need. Add
information to “What Animals Need” list.

Guided Practice (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.
Create small groups of no more than four students. Assign each group a habitat. Review the rules for
small group discussions by creating a poster titled "Group Work."
1. Take turns
2. Work together
3. Listen to others
4. Talk about the topic
Ask students to give you a thumbs up if they can agree to follow the rules to work with their group. Ask if
anyone has any other rules to suggest.
Capture student thinking about the topic of habitats by passing out sticky notes or index cards and
assigning each group a habitat. Groups will work together to draw pictures of plants or animals that
would live in each habitat. Then, have them place their cards under the correct heading.
Review the plants and animals that students drew. Instruct students to give a thumbs up if they agree
that each plant or animal could survive in a given habitat.
Encourage students to build on one another's thinking. Provide a sentence frame such as, "I agree that a
____ could survive in the ____ because _____."

Independent working time (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.

Differentiation

Support

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.

Enrichment

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.

Assessment (5 minutes)

To assess student understanding, collect student worksheets. Check whether students were able to
choose an animal and the animal’s matching habitat.

Review and closing (5 minutes)

Allow students to share their pictures with their small group.


Gather students together for a whole class conversation. Allow volunteers to share the animal they chose
and their animal’s habitat with the larger group.

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Name: Date:

My Animal Habitat
Circle a habitat. Choose an animal who lives in that habitat.
Draw a picture of your animal in their habitat.

Jungle Forest Ocean Desert

I chose a animal to live in the .

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Animal Habitats
Can you guess which animal habitat each animal lives in?
Draw a line from the habitat to the animal.

1.

Desert
Tortoise

2.

Mountains
Shark

3.

Monkey
Town

4.
Squirrel

Sea

5.

Rainforest
Mountain Lion

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Animal Habitats
Can you guess which animal habitat each animal lives in?
Draw a line from the habitat to the animal.

1.

Desert

2. Jaguar

Mountains

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3.

Town

Mountain
Goat
4.

Sea
House Sparrow

5.

Rattlesnake
Rainforest

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Animal Habitats
Animals are all different and need different habitats to survive.
Draw a picture of each animal‛s habitat

Frog Polar Bear


Pond, lake or creek Ice and Snow

Mole

Sloth
Rainforest Underground

Black Bear
Rattlesnake

Desert Mountain

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