These habitat sorting mats are perfect for science centers! Students sort the provided animals into the correct habitats, record their names, and write about the characteristics that make them well suited for the habitat, but less well-suited for the other habitat in the pair.
I’ve included habitat mats, twelve animals, and recording sheets for the following habitat pairings:
• Tundra & Desert
• Pond & Ocean
• Grassland & Temperate Forest
• Rain Forest & Mountain
There is also a recording sheet option that includes all eight habitats and a writing prompt. This is a great choice for a small group activity.
I love that these centers get kids discussing and reasoning about animal characteristics and adaptations. The hands-on nature of the activity also makes it accessible for all your learners.
This activity supports the following Next Generation Science Standard:
2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
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- Amanda Taylor @ Second Grade Smiles