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Habitat for Sale

QCC Correlations

Science Standards 4.2, 4.23, 5.17, 7.4, 7.21.1


The Students will be able to:

  • Define habitat
  • Identify the four things that living things need to survive
  • Describe how living things are adapted to their habitats
Materials Needed:
  • Access to Eye on Conservation and Georgia Wildlife Web sites
  • Pictures of the animals highlighted on the Eye on Conservation web site
  • Paper and pencils
  • Other resource materials
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons/markers

*Note: this lesson can be conducted on multiple days


1) Introduce the concept habitat. Explain that a habitat provides four things necessary for survival: food, water, shelter, space. Ask the students to define their "habitat" and the four things it provides for their survival. Ask the students to list some animals and name some of the habitats that they live in - forest, field, river, rain forest, etc..

2) Discuss how animals are adapted to their different habitats. Some animals build homes in their habitats. For example, the gopher tortoise digs a burrow. Other animals such as the manatee do not build homes. In order to meet their needs, they change their habitat by migrating.

3) Read some real estate ads from a newspaper and then read some of the sample "habitat" ads. Ask the students to guess what animal might want the habitat.

Super Swamp: Large open areas of water for swimming. Loaded with small mammals, fish, turtles, and other tasty prey. Good spots to dig holes for waiting out the dry seasons. Quiet place to build a nest and raise young. (alligator)

Best Backyard Buy: Sunflower seeds galore! Feeders and bird bathes abound. Many bushes for making nests and raising young. No pesky cats in neighborhood. This great buy is available immediately. (cardinal)

4) Explain that each kid will write a classified ad that describes an animal's habitat. Each student will be assigned one of the animals on the Eye on Conservation web site. They should keep their animal a secret from everyone else. When they are done, they will try to match everyone's ads with the animals.

5) Remind students that a habitat provides four things and these should be included in the ad. Where does the animal live? What type of food does it eat? What sort of material does it need, if any, to build its shelter? Does it like cold, hot, dry, or wet habitat? Does it migrate? Does it have any special requirements.

6) Let the students have access to the Eye on Conservation and Georgia Wildlife web sites to collect information on their animals. Provide other resource materials as well.

7) Write the names of the animals on the board. When they are finished with their ads, collect them. Read the animal names out loud one at a time and show the pictures. Read the ads out loud without telling them what animal they are supposed to be for. Ask the student to guess what animals would like that habitat. Remind them that some animals may have similar habitats. Check off the names as you go through the list.

8) Have the students draw the habitat he or she described, including their animal.