Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This is the second in a five-part series exploring animal themes:
Part 1 ~ Animal Classification
Part 2 ~ Animal Habitats
Part 3 ~ Animal Movement
Part 4 ~ Animal Sounds & Calls
Part 5 ~ Animal Groups & Family
This lesson looks at animals based on their habitat and what their five needs are.
Lesson Points To Cover:
Read The Salamander Room and have the child draw a picture or write a brief poem about it. You can also go outdoors to explore the natural settings in the book. Encourage the child to imagine being a salamander and what it would be like to live in the woods. Go on a hunt to find the perfect spot for a salamander home in the woods and write about their experiences.
Identify animals who share a common habitat, such as desert: vulture, eagle, hawk, quail, owl, road runner, woodpecker, spider, bees, gecko, lizard, toad, snake, bat, rabbit, skunk, fox, mountain lion, etc.
Geography: identify habitat regions based on a world map (ie, African savannah, polar/arctic regions, tropical rainforests, etc) or use a topographic map to show how specific habitat regions look on a map, such as desert, mountains, coastal, etc.
Select a specific animal and discuss how many different habitats they can live in. For instance, a rabbit can live in woodlands, prairies, grasslands, meadows, deserts and city shrubs.
Select a specific animal to address their habitat needs. For instance, a lizard:
What Are You Doing Here? Cut out scenes of different habitats and animals. Place an animal in a habitat not their own and ask the child what’s wrong with that picture. Then, ask the child what type of habitat should the animal be at instead to assess if they are understanding proper habitats and their animals. To expand on this lesson, you can also introduce themes such as plants and climate of those environments to offer a wider scope of what a habitat includes.
Online Game: Desert Habitat