Lesson Plan: Land Habitats Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to identify different land-based habitats and describe their importance for living things.


Students will be able to

  • define what habitats are and why they are important for living things,
  • understand that habitats vary in size,
  • identify and compare different types of land habitats, including grasslands, forests, deserts, and arctic tundras,
  • understand what is meant by the term diverse with respect to habitats,
  • understand that living things are adapted for the habitats they live in,
  • recognize examples of these adaptations.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the idea that living things need nutrients, water, and space to live and to grow,
  • the basic structure of a plant (particularly the leaves),
  • the names of some common animals,
  • the appearances of some common animals.


Students will not cover

  • water habitats.

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