Habitats Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is a habitat? A video lesson helps illuminate this concept for students while an activity gives them a chance to recreate an animal habitat. Extensions and related lessons are included to support further instruction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'habitat'
  • identify different types of habitats
  • recreate the habitat of one animal


  • 1 hour for instruction
  • 2-4 hours for activity


  • Plain paper
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
  • Shoe boxes
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Old magazines
  • Glue
  • String

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Key Vocabulary

  • Habitat


  • Begin by asking students to use the paper and crayons/colored pencils/markers to draw their personal habitat.
  • When all students have a drawing of their habitats, have them share them with the class as they explain the elements included.
  • When all students have presented their drawings, ask them to consider which things are essential for their survival in their habitats. List these on the board.
  • Considering their drawings and the discussion can the students define habitat? Again, write their ideas on the board.
  • Now play the Study.com video lesson What is a Natural Habitat? - Definition & Habitat Destruction, pausing at 00:43.
  • Were the students on track with their discussion and definition of habitat? Fill in any missing pieces using the information provided in the video lesson.
  • Now play the rest of the video lesson for the class.

Discussion Questions

  • In light of the discussion of habitats in the lesson, how might we revise our drawings for our own habitats?
  • What can we do to prevent the destruction of natural habitats?

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