Animals

Animals & Habitats

The first step to understanding individual animals is to understand their environment.

The environment in which an animal lives in is referred to as its habitat.

A habitats is a place where living things live and how they survive in that area.

Habitats are homes, and everyone needs one!

Animals have basic needs for air, water, food, shelter, and space.

Plants, animals, and even humans choose habitats for many different reasons, depending on their needs.

Animals live in habitats all over that are suited for them.

Some of these habitats include:

Grasslands, Rainforests, Deserts, and Arctic Tundra

Humans help animals by providing habitats for them as well!

Some people build dams in the water to create new habitats for fish, while others take in pets, like dogs and cats, and provide habitats for them in their homes!

Animals have a variety of similarites and differences; some are alike in what they look like, what they do, what they eat, and where they live; while others are very different from one another.

Many animals share the same habitat because they are from the same group.

Scientists divide animals into groups, depending upon how they are alike and different.

Six common groups of animals are:

Birds

Fish

Reptiles

Amphibians

Mammals

Insects

What kinds of living things and habitats can you think of near your school or home?

For more fun with habitats, go to Kids Corner for more games to play!    

 

Dedication/Resource Page:

http://www.watersheds.org/nature/habitats.htm

http://www.uen.org/utahlink/activities/view_activity.cgi?activity_id=3792

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/content/animals/kidscorner/kidscorner_games.htm

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ey/science/animal_h/index.htm

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/