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  • Animal Habitats Needs
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    Animal Habitats 2

    Animal Habitats 2


    This is a lesson intended to help kindergarten students connect animal habitats to how those animals meet their need for water, food, shelter, and space.


    This lesson is intended to be taught face-to-face in a kindergarten classroom.  It should take about 30 minutes to finish.  

    Background for Teachers

    A teacher will need to be familiar with the needs of animals for survival:

    • food
    • water
    • shelter
    • space

    They will also need to understand what a habitat is and how animals use the unique features of their particular habitat to survive.  Here is a link to an encyclopedia article about habitats.

    Gale in Context "habitat"

    It will also be useful to be familiar with the various types of habitats in our world.  Here is a website with pictures of each:

    National Geographic Habitats Photos

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    I can analyze an animal's habitat to determine how it uses the features of their habitat for survival.

    Learning Intentions:

    • After this lesson, students should be able to make connections between the various characteristics of a habitat and the needs of animals that are being met in that habitat.
    • They should be able to determine which animals would live in which habitats.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will be able to sort animals into the correct habitat and connect the features of that habitat to the animals' needs.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction


    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of animal needs as well as a basic definition of "habitat"
    • They should have already completed a lesson focusing on:

    Utah Science Standard K.2.1 
    Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe patterns of what living things (plants and animals, including humans) need to survive. Emphasize the similarities and differences between the survival needs of all living things. Examples could include that plants depend on air, water, minerals, and light to survive, or animals depend on plants or other animals to survive. (LS1.C)


    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    ELL:  Ample photographs and vocabulary review should provide needed support for EL learners

    IEP:  Other accomodations could easily be made to support students according to IEPs

    Advanced:  Students who are advanced will be given the opportunity to read at an above grade level activity while the rest of the class listens as the teacher reads.  They will also be able to extend the idea to animals habitats of their own choosing if they have extra time.

    Other:  Classroom aide or student mentoring might also be used to support other concerns during this lesson.

    Step 3 - Instruction


    • nearpod lesson
    • habitats & animals photos
    • animal needs photos
    • Scholastic:  Two Cats' Habitats article
    • Guess That Habitat page (1 per student)
    • nonfiction animal books
    • Animal needs and habitats assessment


    Anticipatory Set:

    1.  Display the photo of the dog begging and ask what the dog is doing (begging).  Begging for what (food, water, treats, etc.)?  Why would he beg for that (he needs it)?  

    2.  Review animal needs using animal needs photos.

    3.  Ask where animals find what they need (in their habitat)?  

    4.  Display and review the habitat photos using habitats and animal photos.

    5.  Look at the photos and point out where animals would meet their needs in that habitat.



    1.  Show students the Habitat nearpod video and then have them help you do the animal sorting activity on the nearpod.

    2.  Discuss how the animals meet their needs within their habitat.



    1.  Read and discuss the Scholastic article "Two Cats' Habitats".

    2.  Have students rotate between 3 centers:

    • nonfiction animal books
    • sorting animal pictures onto the habitat pictures with teacher's aide
    • answering the questions on "Guess That Habitat" page with teacher



    1.  Show the kindergartener animals photo and ask them to take a look at one more photo of animals.  

    2.  Have the students answer questions about those animals habitat and how they meet their needs in that habitat.


    Step 4 - Assessments




    1.  Record observational notes on the "animal needs & habitat assessment" page

    2.  Assess students' answers on "Guess That Habitat" page.