Getting into… 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 and explain that this is a wetland. Lots of animals and plants live here.

Which animals may be living here and where would they live? (Water- ducks, fish, pond weed. Under the log- spider, woodlouse. Tree- bird, squirrel. Hole in the ground- frog, earthworm. Plant- ladybird, butterfly, grasshopper). Circle the habitats with a thick coloured pen.

Activity B

Go outside. Explain that there are many places animals may live in the school grounds, even in a small playground. Give an example - ‘Ants live in this playground. And I think they would live….. here’ (go to an area/point to a place that you think an ant might live)

Why might an ant live here? (small, safe, dark etc). Call the name of an animal (butterfly, spider, worm, bird etc) and ask learners to look for somewhere that the animal may live. Remind them that it doesn’t matter if they don’t find any animals, they are looking for places they think an animal might like to live. Use the circled visual, from section a), as a reminder, if learners need support. Also remind learners that if they do find an animal or its home, to be gentle with it and replace anything they move, to the same place.

Less time?

Just do section B

Have a whole afternoon?

Extend section A by giving each learner a WWT ‘Living things and habitats’ visual. Ask them to identify and circle areas that animals may be living. If time, the visuals could be stuck on larger paper and learners could label the circles with drawings or names of the animals living there.

Go outside

Cut out and laminate pictures of animals you may find in the playground (birds, squirrels, insects, frogs etc). You could use images from the WWT ‘Amphibians and invertebrates’ visual. Hand the images out and ask learners to peg them, put them or hide them in places those animals would like to live.