Life Cycle - Natural Environment (KA)
Lab 

   
OBJECTIVES:
  • Exploring where organisms live. 
  • Comparing and contrasting environments.
VOCABULARY:
  • environment
  • habitat
  • organism
MATERIALS:

 Students determine  organisms’ natural habitat.

BACKGROUND:

Students have learned that there are different types of environments, but mainly under two big divisions land and water.  An environment in which an organism lives can be described by  temperature, wind, and other physical components as well as the biological components. The term environment refers to all the external factors affecting the life of an individual organism or a population of organisms.  All living (plants and animals) and non-living (air, water and land) things are part of the environment.  
 

Studying the whole environment at once is an immense task, so the environment is broken into sections we call ecosystems.  An ecosystem is a group or community of living things interacting with one another and with their non-living surroundings.  However, to understand an ecosystem, students must learn about the different organisms and in what kind of habitat they live in.   A habitat refers to the place where an organisms live.  Young children need to learn how to describe the different habits.

PROCEDURE:
  1. Students have learned about different animals, in this lab students will try to discover these animals' natural habitat.  A habitat is where an animal lives with his friends and enemies. The habitat can be on flat lands, mountains, ponds, meadows, or oceans.  The focus of this lab is for students to see different habitats and to determine where some animals live. 
      
  2.  Go over the organisms  on the different cards the students made during the Pre Lab.  It is important to discuss where they live.  
      
  3. Give groups of students an Inflatable Animal Globe and call out where the different animals  lives.  Bear in mind each group will have to be shown on the globe where the different continents are.  For kindergarten students we would us just the continent and ocean names
      
  4. If you have puppets or plastic animals, you can add or replace some of the animals.  If your class is competitive, you can see who finds the area first (after a trial run, of course!)
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