Animal Habitats

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

Students will learn to create a small version of an animal habitat using object in the classroom and personal drawings.

Grade Level: 2nd Grade

Subject: Science

Length of Time: 30 - 45 Minutes

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Objectives & Outcomes

Students will be able to create and appropriately color and decorate an assigned animal habitat using a variety of craft materials.

Materials Needed

  • paper
  • glue
  • colored pencils
  • markers
  • crayons
  • tri-a-rama (attached)


Opening to Lesson

Begin by discussing the six most common animal habitats. These include the rain forest, polar region, wetlands, desert, marine, and grasslands. As you discuss each type of habitat make a list on the board of the type of plants and animals that are likely to live there. Make sure to include things like ‘lots of ice’ and ‘very wet and warm’ as descriptions. Explain to students that you are going to assign a habitat to each for the next activity.

Body of Lesson

  • After assigning each child a habitat offer each student a single sheet of paper. Show students how to fold the paper into a large triangle (fold on the diagonal) then fold again so that when opened the paper has four triangles (see below). Cut one section to the center only. Have students place one flap on the other; explain this is how the tri-a-rama will stand up, but that they are going to decorate the background first.
  • Have students color the back and ground of the creation to match their habitat, include plants if appropriate. Now have students glue the flaps together (shown below).
  • On a separate sheet of paper have students draw and color at least 4 animals that would be found in their habitat. Have students cut out each animal and fold the bottom slightly to allow it to be glued inside the scene they just colored. Glue each animal and display around the room.


Have students find others in the class who had the same habitat and group those tri-a-ramas together for display.

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Assessment & Evaluation

Students will show understanding by creating an appropriate habitat with at least four animals and an appropriate background.

Modification & Differentiation

Some students may need help cutting or folding, but artwork should all be original.

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