This lesson introduces students to the idea of animal habitats. Using the tropical rainforest as an example, the lesson will help students build their understanding of a habitat as a place that provides for an animal's needs. These needs include food, water and shelter from the elements and from predators. Students will also explore the idea of interdependence: that animals and plants in the rainforest depend on each other for their survival. Finally, students will demonstrate their understanding of the material covered in the lesson by choosing a rainforest animal and designing a model habitat that meets all of the animal's needs.
Throughout the lesson, students will be instructed to complete activities in their Rainforest Detective Notebooks. A printable version of the notebook can be accessed from the Teacher Resources section of the website.