Last updated: December 3, 2019
Habitat Is Home
- Grade Level:
- Lower Elementary: Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade
- Lesson Duration:
- 30 Minutes
- Additional Standards:
- NGSS 2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
What is a habitat?
Students will be able to understand the concept of a habitat and name one example of an animal and the habitat that animal lives in.
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 food, water, shelter and space in just the right arrangement for them.
- Pictures of human and animal homes
- Drawing paper and pencils for each student
The lyrics to "Everybody's Got to Live Someplace"
Lyrics to the children song 'Everybody's Got to Live Someplace', a song about habitats and animals.
- Discuss human homes and the things usually found there.
- Have students draw the inside of a house -- include places to eat, sleep and play.
- Have them share their pictures with the other students.
- 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.
- 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 videos from the Missouri Botanical Gardens. It is the theme song for this set.
- Habitat-the natural home of a plant, animal, or other living organism. A habitat provides a living thing with food, water, shelter and space to survive.
Have students design their own animal and draw the habitat it needs.