Going deeper… living things and habitats

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Living things and habitats

Download the visual resource that accompanies the session below.

Activity A

Show the class the WWT ‘Living things and habitats’ visual. Now show them a picture of a spider or you could choose a species that the learners focused on during their recent visit to WWT (the picture should be cut out with a piece of blu tac on the back).

Where would this spider like to live? Here? (place it in the middle of the water).

Here? (place it on top of a tree).

Here? (place it on the grass). Explain that spiders like to live in places they are safe, can find food and shelter.

Where on the visual would make a good home for a spider? (in a hole, under a log, beneath a bush, in a pile of rocks). This could be made into an interactive display for learners to independently stick or Velcro animals onto, in the correct habitats.

Activity B

Take the class outside and give each pair a cup, pot, tray or plate, to gather items from the school grounds. Learners make a home (a habitat) for a spider or other animal that lives in the local area. They can collect leaf litter, sticks, grass, moss, soil and stones. Remind learners they do not need to pick flowers or plants to make their habitats, as they cannot live anymore once they have been picked.

Less time?

Just do section A

Have a whole afternoon?

Extend section b) by asking learners to describe the home that they have made.

  • what animal is their home for?
  • what it is made from?
  • what is it like inside? (dark, warm, soft)

Go outside

Provide learners with a space to put their newly made animal homes (using an empty water tray, sand pit or planter). Learners can place laminated animals, small model animals or even homemade creatures in the new habitats and continue with independent learning.