Grade Range
Kindergarden-2nd
Group Size
3 students
Active Time
2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time
2 hours 30 minutes
Area of Science
Mammalian Biology
Zoology
Key Concepts
Habitats, adaptation
Learning Objectives
  • Define habitat and be able to use the vocabulary in a sentence.
  • Describe at least two different habitats.
  • Explain how a habitat supports the survival of an animal.
Credits
Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
miniature real-life habitat for an animal examples

miniature real-life habitat for an animal examples

Overview

Get creative with your students in this hands-on lesson plan! Students will use mostly natural materials to build a shoebox habitat that mimics a real-life habitat for an animal of their choice. As they present their miniature habitats to each other, students realize that not all habitats are suitable for all animals. Each animal species needs the resources of a specific habitat to survive.

NGSS Alignment

This lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
  • K-ESS-3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.

  • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
This lesson focuses on these aspects of NGSS Three Dimensional Learning:

Science & Engineering Practices Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts
Developing and Using Models. Develop and/or use a model to represent amounts, relationships, relative scales (bigger, smaller), and/or patterns in the natural and designed world(s).

Analyzing and Interpreting Data. Use observations (firsthand or from media) to describe patterns and/or relationships in the natural and designed world(s) in order to answer scientific questions and solve problems.

Engaging in Argument from Evidence. Make a claim about the effectiveness of an object, tool, or solution that is supported by relevant evidence.
ESS3.A: Natural Resources. Living things need water, air, and resources from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need. Humans use natural resources for everything they do.

LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans. There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.
Systems and System Models. Systems in the natural and designed world have parts that work together.

Materials


materials needed for miniature habitat lesson plan

materials needed for miniature habitat lesson plan

  • Shoe boxes or plastic containers (1 per group)
  • Access to outdoors, or alternatively, natural materials, such as rocks, grass, leaves, twigs, etc.
  • Other crafts materials such as Styrofoam, colored paper, paint, clay, play dough, paper, coloring pens, etc.
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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Grade Range
Kindergarden-2nd
Group Size
3 students
Active Time
2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time
2 hours 30 minutes
Area of Science
Mammalian Biology
Zoology
Key Concepts
Habitats, adaptation
Credits
Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
Learning Objectives
  • Define habitat and be able to use the vocabulary in a sentence.
  • Describe at least two different habitats.
  • Explain how a habitat supports the survival of an animal.
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