Lesson 4: Animals Live and Grow

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How does the environment provide living things with what they need to live and grow?
  • How do living things in an environment depend on one another?

Facts and Definitions

  • Animals have basic needs for food (energy), air, water, and an environment in which to live.
  • Animals depend on plants or other animals to provide them with energy.
  • A consumer is an organism (living thing) that eats another organism.
  • A living thing that is eaten by another organism is called an energy source.


  • Summarize the needs of living organisms for energy and growth. (S)
  • Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different animals (including air, water, and food) for energy and growth. (S)


  • Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats by Jim Arnosky
  • Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 spinach leaves
  • broccoli
  • celery
  • paper towel
  • scissors
  • sunflower seeds (kit)


Begin today's lesson by singing "The Habitat Song" your child learned at the end of the previous lesson.