The Habitats module focuses on the needs of living things. As students consider different habitats, from farm to tundra and grasslands, they begin to understand the importance of both living and nonliving things in a habitat. Students learn about many different habitats and how animals and plants have adapted in order to thrive where they live.

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The Engage session activates students’ prior knowledge of habitats. In this session, students use their digital Notebooks to record their thoughts and then watch an animated video that gets them thinking about the different places animals live. Students also participate in a teacher-led discussion of animals and their habitats. To complete the session, students collaborate with peers offline and continue to unpack their prior knowledge.

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This Elaborate session allows students to apply what they have learned to new situations. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on science process skills and content understanding. To complete the session, students work independently or with peers to complete an offline activity that reinforces science process skills.

Habitats module
At a Glance


Plants and animals live in many different habitats such as the forest, desert, ocean, pond, or farm. Although these habitats may look very different, they all meet the needs of the plants and animals that live there. This module introduces students to different types of habitats and the living things that are found in them.

Core Concept

A habitat is made up of the living and nonliving things an animal or plant needs to thrive.

Essential Vocabulary

adaptation, camouflage, depend, ecosystem, environment, habitat, needs, rainfall, temperature, thrive

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Support Document

Students have ample opportunities to learn and explore these new concepts through interactive and hands-on activities. One interactive activity allows students to choose and populate a habitat with both living and nonliving things while another challenges them to find camouflaged animals in their habitats. The concepts students learn in the Habitats module will be built upon in the Eco Awareness module as they learn to notice, appreciate, and protect the delicate balance of the environment.