Lesson 5: Discovering Animal Habitats

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • What makes an environment safe and healthy?
  • What do habitats provide for the humans, animals, and plants that live in them?

Facts and Definitions

  • A graph is a picture that shows us how much of something there is and/or shows patterns.
  • A pictorial graph uses pictures to show how many objects are in a group.


  • Recognize and describe a variety of habitats (S and SS)
  • Count objects in a set and record the number (M)
  • Create a pictorial graph (M)
  • Identify beginning letters and sounds in words (LA)


  • Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats by Jim Arnosky
  • animal crackers
  • blank paper
  • books with pictures of animal habitats
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • glue* (Activity 5 - Option 1)
  • scissors* (Activity 5 - Option 1)

* - denotes an optional material that may or may not be needed


Materials: Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats by Jim Arnosky
Ask your child to give you some examples of the animal habitats she explored in Crinkleroot's Guide to Animal Habitats.

Review the idea that an animal habitat is the environment in which an animal lives and grows, just like your child's home is her environment. Explain that there are many different habitats, and today you will look at some very interesting animal habitats around the world.