Types of Habitats for Living Things: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Jaclyn Radtke

I am a second grade teacher. I have been teaching second grade for two years. I previously taught fifth grade. I work in an urban school district. I am also interesting in drama and dance, which is why I am currently an assistant director of our after school for the arts program and co-director/choreographer of our school productions. I have a bachelors and a masters degree in elementary education.

Living things live in all different types of habitats. In this lesson, you'll learn what a habitat is and the different types of habitats there are, along with which animals reside in each of the habitats.

All About Habitats

All living things need a place to live where they'll be comfortable, have food, and be safe. For you, it's your home, the place where you sleep at night, and the place you feel most safe. However, for many animals, they need a place that will be suitable for them, a place where their surroundings can adapt to their needs. For them, it may not be your comfortable and cozy home - it may be a tree or the water.

A habitat is a place where an animal or plant lives. There are several habitats where different animals adapt best. A habitat is more like a community than a house. Think about the forest: an animal has to share the trees with all the other animals who may be strangers to it. You don't share your house with strangers.

Animals are accustomed to moving around and finding new places to live, as long as they can adapt well to that place and it's the right habitat for them. An animal needs a habitat that can provide it with food, water, safety, air, and a comfortable place to raise its young. Does this sound familiar? It should, because as a human, you need a habitat that does all of those things, as well.

Types of Habitats & Their Residents

There are many different habitats around the world. Each animal has different needs that can only be provided for them in certain habitats. In this lesson, we'll discuss three habitats that provide a home to many animals and plants of the world.


A grassland is just that - mostly made up of tall grass. The climate in the grassland is too dry for trees to survive; therefore, the land is covered in tall, dry grass. It's hard for animals to hide from predators in the grasslands, as the land is such a wide-open space. Therefore, the grasslands are home to large herds of grazing animals, such as zebra and bison.

A grassland is a place for animals to roam and run free.

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