Habitats for Kids
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A habitat is a place where a variety of organisms (i.e. animals and/or plants) live in nature. This usually encompasses the local ground conditions, weather and temperature, the existence of nearby prey and predators. A micro-habitat is a very small area where a variety of organisms reside e.g. insects under a rotting log in a forest or woodlice in a space between rocks. Animals and plants typically need food, water, shelter and space to thrive.
Learning about habitats is important in biological science education as well as in some jobs such as working in wildlife related fields, at a zoo or actually in many STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math). For example you could end up working in agriculture, animal care, botany, ecology, equestrian (horse) related work, farms, forestry work, gamekeeping, gardening, groundkeeping and landscaping, pet work or zoo work.
It is important to understand about 'EVOLUTION AND INHERITANCE' too since habitats and evolution are inextricably linked. The majority of living organisms live in habitats which they are well suited to and the best suited organisms are usually the ones that thrive over time. Variation and natural selection has led to plants and animals that have adapted well to their habitat. The food chain in any particular habitat is an important aspect of the interdependence of the organisms in that habitat since every life form needs energy / food sources to survive.
Some of the knowledge you should gain about this topic are:
- A microhabitat is just a smaller version of a habitat
- Most living things are well adapted to their habitats due to evolution
- A habitat provides for the basic needs of various life forms
- Life forms in a habitat are interdependent and form part of a food chain
- Recognise a variety of common plants and animals found in various habitats
- Gain confidence enough to explore your garden for microhabitats e.g. under a bush
- Be able to draw up a simple food chain in a habitat
- The ability to recognise the difference between organisms in a familiar habitat compared to unfamiliar ones e.g. the arctic, oceans etc.
We have put together some great resources below to teach you all about habitats. There are quizzes, games, interactive activities and videos. It's a great place to learn more about this fascinating subject. Who says you can't have fun while you learn.
The aim of the game is to match the 5 animals to their habitats. These animals are on the endangered species list so it is important they get back to their correct habitat so they have sufficient food, shelter and....Read More
In this game, help the local sea life reach the Marine Protected Area. You can choose your character from a Cuckoo Wrasse, Grey Seal or Cuttlefish. Guide them safely through their sea habitat to the protected area. Collect small fish as well but be careful to avoid fishing nets and pollution....Read More
In this game ,help to guide Rocky the Vole safely through his habitat to his home. Collect leaves and apples as food but watch out for the predator owl (you may need to dive under the water). Be careful about hitting rocks or logs too as....Read More
In this garden scene, you need to spot 8 plants and animals and click on them. Once you have found them click on the magnifying glass for more information, which can be printed. For example, for the Squirrel you get a description of it, where it lives, what it eats and what it is eaten by plus an extra piece of 'did you know'....Read More
Find out how different animals are adapted to their habitats in this great game. The aim of the game is to find out where each animal should live and the reasons why. You can choose from Antarctic, Desert, Savannah Grassland, Temperate Farmland, Temperate Forest, Temperate Pond, The Sea or a Tropical Rainforest! For each habitat you....Read More
There is an alien invasion on Earth and you need to help them get back to their own planets. But be careful, you must put them in the correct habitat so they find sufficient food and shelter otherwise their species could die off. The habitats to choose from are "Ice Floe", "Tall Tree Forest", "Desert", "Chalky Hills", "Vinegar Sea" and....Read More
The aim of the game is simple : as the name suggests you need to match the animal with the habitat it lives in. Two examples are given : frogs live near water and bears live in forests. Question 1 is 'Choose the animal which lives in a river'. Possible answers are deer, fish and kitty cat. You must choose the correct one out the three.....Read More
Seventeen animals roam across the screen one at a time. Can you decide if they are a desert animal or not? It's simple, click yes or no and see how many desert animals you can spot. Can you....Read More
The task for this activity is to find the most deadly predator in the food chain. There are two different habitat regions to choose from, land or sea. For each you should answer quiz questions and watch the video. There are some notes too about these deadly predators and their food chain relationships with other plants....Read More
Collect 8 living organisms from the woodland scene. Can you spot them all and name them? When you have selected each one just click on the magnifying glass to find out more information about that particular organism (where it lives plus food chain information such as what food it eats, what eats it etc.). Then fill out the food chain....Read More
Change various elements in the habitat to maximise compatibility for the various animals (0 - 100%). You can change any of the following (and obviously some of these items don't grow everywhere but it's only a game to illustrate a point): 'Animal' (Beatrice : girl human!, beaver, polar bear, lizard, manatee), 'Precipitation' (clear,....Read More
This excellent 52 page PDF includes Vocabulary Cards, Word Walls, a Glossary, photo prompt sheets, Hands On activities, a jungle fact finding sheet and some reading comprehension. The aim of it is to give you a real insight into how living things in a habitat inter-relate, show you how to construct food chains, use of....Read More
Take a tour of the virtual rainforest and find out more about this fascinating habitat. You will find out lots of information about amazing plants and animals such as the Peace Lily, Ladybug-Tree seeds, Poison Dart Frog, Howler Monkeys, Peanut Head Bug,Red-Eyed Tree Frog,....Read More
Try this great game from the National Geographic Society! This will test your reaction times by seeing if you can help Dug spot the squirrel as quickly as possible. When you see the squirrel, hit the spacebar! Your reaction target time....Read More
Fascinating biodiversity information about the micro-habitats of a tree and the relationships between the tree and other organisms. For example it is stated that 4000 species of ants are....Read More
Your job is to visit the Canadian wetlands on a field trip and to identify animals and plants. The next task is to decide on the classification of their food chain. The whole activity is in audible format which makes it much more interesting. Answer the Quickfire Quiz questions and then listen to the fascinating information about wetland....Read More
The aim of the game is to build an amazing local environment for the black footed ferret (or American Polecat), which is one of the most endangered species in the world and is native to North America. Sir Chumly shows you a video on the history of the black footed ferret and explains that only 18 were left in the wilds in 1986. You then....Read More
You play the role of Farmer Giligon James and the aim of the game is to try and identify then count the numbers of species in a particular region with the help of your expert team. After the data has been collected you get to make a big landscaping decision (decide on either Plan A or Plan B) and you will understand a lot more about....Read More