My children love animals and love learning about animals in our homeschool studies. We find ourselves constantly reading books and stories about animals and learning about them in science. We also like to do lots of animal themed nature studies and incorporate literature books that are about animals.
When you are teaching your children about animals, they will not only learn about the type and kind of animal, they will learn about where they live. An animal’s home is called their habitat. Learning about animal homes is so much fun! This is something that you can do with all ages.
If you have small children, you can read books about animal homes. You can use free worksheets and printables to reinforce the concepts of where an animal lives. Take a field trip to nature centers, parks, and zoos to see examples of different animal habitats. This can expand into more detailed unit studies or animal habitat research and report projects for your older children.
Here are some animal habitat printables broken down by habitat to help you get started on your very own animal habitat study with your children:
I love all of these Woodland Animal themed printables from In All You Do:
Ponds and River Animals:
We love these Outdoor Hour Challenges from Handbook of Nature Study:
Recommended Resource: Ocean Notebook – Companion to Ocean Anatomy by Julia Rothman
In the Ocean Notebook, students will use a combination of written narration, drawing, and labeling alongside Ocean Anatomy by Julia Rothman to learn all about life in the ocean, layers of the ocean, the ocean floor, coral reefs, tide pools, and much more.
FREE Types of Whales Matching Game – this printable game is a great way to introduce your elementary students to twelve different types of whales.
Annette has written a post that goes deeper into what a habitat is and how to study the different landforms and habitats that make up our world. There are tons of free resources included as well:
These are our favorite books for learning about animal habitats:
Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal HabitatsCreatures of the Desert WorldI See a Kookaburra!: Discovering Animal Habitats Around the WorldWhat Animals Live in the Desert? Animal Book 4-6 Years Old | Children’s Animal BooksGrasslands! – Animal Habitats for Kids! Environment Where Wildlife Lives for Kids – Children’s Environment BooksAbout Habitats: WetlandsAnimals of the Serengeti | Wildlife of East Africa | Encyclopedias for ChildrenOver in the Wetlands: A Hurricane-on-the-Bayou StoryAll About Wetlands (Habitats)Arctic Animals (Who’s That?)The Arctic Habitat (Introducing Habitats)
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!