Plants and animals live together in habitats. A habitat contains all of the things they need to survive; food, water, shelter and space. Within the habitat, the living things depend on each other; for example, a bird needs a tree for a place to build a nest.
When a change is made to a habitat, it can affect all of the living things that live there.
Teach your children about habitats using our handy topic guide!
- Start your habitats topic with this lesson from the RSPCA, exploring what a habitat is and looking at local habitats.
- Carry out a habitat survey.
- Find out what trees are living in a habitat, with this Woodland Trust Leaf ID sheet.
- Ask children to match up different habitats to the animals that live there with this sheet.
- Study the shoreline with this amazing lesson pack from the Young People’s Trust for the Environment.
- In groups, give the children the cards from our Animal Adaptations Matching Activity; can they match the adaptation to the animal?
- Download our popular Habitats Pack, with a teaching guide and lots of resources.
- A habitat is any environment where plants and animals live.
- There are lots of different habitats on earth. A micro-habitat can be as small as the area under a stone or a rock pool.
- Symbiosis is what happens when two organisms in a habitat benefit each other. For example, an anemone protects a clownfish from predators with its tentacles, while the clownfish protects the anemone from other fish.
- A food chain or food web shows how plants and animals get their energy.
- Animals and plants are adapted to live in their habitat. For example, an arctic fox has white fur to blend into the snowy landscape.
What is a habitat?
Learn about how a habitat provides the basic needs for all living things and how plants and animals depend on each other.
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How animals adapt to their environment
Find out how Abdul the camel is adapted to his environment.
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Learn about different habitats with this fun song.
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