I can describe different water habitats and explain their importance.
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In this lesson, students learn about different water habitats and the animals that call these habitats home. They learn about freshwater habitats which include rivers, streams, and lakes as well as saltwater habitats.
Students will be able to provide examples of different water habitats and describe their features.
Students begin by reviewing what a habitat is and trying to recall some different habitats that they know of. After this, they will complete a habitat word search to find words like “desert,” “grassland,” and “jungle.” Finally, explain what water habitats are.
Describe freshwater habitats and the animals that live in freshwater. Then describe saltwater habitats and the creatures that inhabit them. Have students circle the animals that would live in a fresh or saltwater habitat. Next, focus on rivers and streams and provide students with some facts about each. Discuss lakes with students. Ask if students have ever been to a lake. What plants or animals did they see? Remove the covers to reveal examples of animals that live in freshwater habitats. Have them drag animals into two categories: ponds and rivers and streams. After this, discuss the ocean. Show students a world map and show them the location of the different oceans.
Check student understanding with ten questions consisting of true or false and multiple-choice questions.
To conclude, students share their favorite facts about water habitats. Have students write an interesting fact about different types of water habitats. They can come up to the board or write on a separate sheet of paper.
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