Lesson 01 – Habitats

Read About Habitats


Read the vocabulary terms to understand the reading better.


A habitat is the natural environment in which an animal, plant or other living thing lives.


Needs are anything that living things require to survive.

What Is a Habitat?

Habitats are places where living things live. Your habitat is your neighbourhood. A habitat provides what plants and animals need.

What Do Plants and Animals Need?

Here are some of the things that plants and animals need:


Plants and animals need food to live and to grow.


Living things need water to survive.


Plants and animals need air to stay alive.


Plants need light to grow. People and animals need light so they can see and to stay healthy.


Animals need space to hunt or gather food, find a mate, and raise a family. Plants need space, too. If too many plants grow too close together, they may not be able to get enough food from the soil or enough sunlight.

What Are Some Examples of Habitats?

Here are some examples of different habitats and the plants and animals that live in each one.


Water plants, frogs, dragonflies, and fish live in ponds.


Cactuses, coyote, scorpions, and rattlesnakes live in deserts.


Trees, jaguars, sloths, and birds live in forests.

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