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Lesson 1:1 - Design a Habitat


 

Sample Habitat Diorama

What are the parts of your local pond or aquatic habitat? How are those parts linked and important to each other? Lesson 1:1 - Design a Habitat is a great kick-off lesson to bring about awareness, allowing time for observation and investigation, and developing a foundation for future lessons and learning.

Lesson 1:1 - Design a Habitat provides a visual means for students to learn to identify the key components of habitat. Whether you use the visualization or physically visit the water, your students will make connections and start to discover their surroundings. They will start to understand relationships between living and non-living parts of the natural environment and how human constructed systems also play a role in the habitat.

In this lesson, students demonstrate what they learn through observation and listening by constructing a diorama of a habitat that provides food, shelter, water and space for a bluegill.

Download the Lesson This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Lesson Summary

The instructor leads students on an actual or a virtual field trip to a pond to explore and see how habitat can meet basic needs of a bluegill. Students then construct a diorama of the fish’s habitat, illustrating food, water, cover, and space.

Tips & Tricks

For younger kids, the visualization activity (virtual field trip to the pond) may be too difficult. See the Book Reviews for suggestions on picture books to read to the students as the introduction for this lesson. Additional books can be found in the Student Reading List, which can be found in the Fishing: Get in the Habitat! Leader’s Guide Appendix Four: Planning Aids.

The water in this craft is represented by blue plastic wrap. Some stores still carry the colored wrap – Super One and Super Value had it on their shelves recently. If no blue plastic wrap is available, have the kids paint their diorama background blue or use construction paper to make the dioramas.

Part 1-Virtual Field Trip to a Pond

 

Part 2-Field Trip to a Pond

High Quality Shoreline Image

 

Part 3-Making Habitat Dioramas

 

Diving Deeper

There are many ways to extend the learning on this activity. Consider adding some of the following activities to this lesson:

MinnAqua Lesson Connections

To continue your exploration of habitat and help your students understand why habitat is so important for fish health, try combining Lesson 1:1 - Design a Habitat with two or three of the following lessons to make a habitat unit. 

Lesson 1:1 - Food Chain Tag This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (30 pages | 3.3 MB)

Lesson 1:4 - Water Habitat Site Study This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (43 pages | 8.3 MB)

Lesson 2:6 - Adapted for Habitat This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (35 pages | 3.5 MB)

Lesson 3:2 - Function of Aquatic Plants This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (24 pages | 3.5 MB)

Lesson 4:5 - Fisheries Management and You This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (35 pages | 3.5 MB)

 

Suggested Online Student Resources

Have your students access these online resources to engage in these concepts further.