Habitat “Four Corners” Game
This game is for any class that is learning about habitats. The object of the game is for students to read the animal/plant on the card and match it to its corresponding habitat. The four habitats featured are: Ocean, Desert, Deciduous Forest and Rain Forest. There are 8-12 matching cards per habitat.
Tape each habitat card to a corner or area of your room and lay out the other cards in an easily accessible area or stack them into a deck.
Give each student a card or allow them to choose a card (however you prefer). When given a cue the students read their card and move to the habitat area in which it belongs. Allow students 1-2 minutes in their area to talk to the other students about how their plant/animals would interact, how each is important to the environment, what would happen if humans interfered, etc...
If a student happens to go to the wrong environment you can use it as a great learning opportunity! The other students can help explain why that animal could not survive in that environment or why its original habitat is the best place for it to live.
Students return cards and select a new card and repeat.
I use this game in a first grade class and I make sure to introduce the animals and plants before we play this game. Another option would be for students to research the plants and animals prior to playing the game. The students can also illustrate the text.