Students explore the idea that animals need a home and the basic parts of a habitat.
Grades: 1 - 3
Time: about 1/2-hour
Subjects: Life science, visual arts, physical education
- Pictures of human and animal homes
- Drawing paper and pencils
All animals, including people, need a home. Home for animals is different from just a house, like the kind we live in. Wild animals need (1) food, (2) water, (3) shelter and (4) space in just the right arrangement for them.
1. (If students did "My World" from Unit One, you can refer to it...) Discuss human homes and the things usually found there.
2. Have students draw the inside of a house -- include places to eat, sleep and play.
3. Have them share their pictures with the other students.
4. Show pictures of animal homes; discuss the differences between student homes and wild animal homes (animals may have to use a much larger area to find all four parts of a habitat -- food, water, shelter and space.
5. Sing the “Everybody’s Got to Live Someplace” song (below). You can either make up your own tune, say it as a poem, or use it in conjunction with an excellent set of inexpensive . It is the theme song for this set.
Assessment: Have students design their own animal and draw the habitat it needs.