Lesson Plan: Interactions Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe the interaction of living things with nonliving things in their habitats and use evidence to determine if a living thing can survive in a given habitat.


Students will be able to

  • define interact in relation to habitats,
  • describe how living organisms interact with the nonliving parts of a habitat to get food, water, and shelter,
  • identify different types of interactions in habitats,
  • explain what some animals do when their habitat does not meet their needs,
  • use evidence to explain why an animal can or cannot survive in a habitat.


Students should already be familiar with

  • different habitats,
  • different types of animals and their habitats,
  • living and nonliving things,
  • the needs of living things.


Students will not cover

  • predator–prey relationships,
  • environmental changes in habitats that affect living things,
  • specific interactions between living things (symbiosis, mutualism, etc.),
  • food chains and webs.

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