Animal Homes

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Aims and objectives
This is a fun activity to help develop pupils' understanding of habitats and links in with the Foundation Stage ‘Knowledge and understanding of the world’ although the activity itself supports pupil development in communication, language and literacy.

Previous knowledge
No real previous knowledge is required as pupils will be likely to approach the activity with a degree of familiarity through nursery rhymes, stories and tv/video.

In the classroom
There are 3 levels to the activity. Level 1 is a drag and drop exercise where the pupil tries to match the animal to its habitat. Simple, fun feedback is provided to encourage the pupil to talk about their choices.

Level 2 displays a partially hidden animal in its habitat. The pupil drags the picture of the animal they think it might be into the habitat. Again, feedback is provided. If the pupil's choice is incorrect then a little more of the hidden animal is shown as a clue to the correct answer.

Level 3 replaces the pictures of the animals with words. Once again, the activity is based on drag and drop interactivity.

Sounds have been used for all levels to make the activity more engaging. They also help to reinforce the words when the pupil works at Level 3.

To get the most from the activity, encourage pupils to talk about what they are doing and to discuss the choices that they make. This can be very effective when the resource is used with an interactive whiteboard.

Support materials description: Resources type:
To accompany this activity there is a animals.pdf which contains a set of animal images which can be printed onto heavy paper, laminated, and cut out for use as playing or ‘flash’ cards. Sets of cards can be used in the classroom to create matching games (such as snap) or bingo where pupils have to match an animal to their habitat.

To help with this there is also a habitats.pdf containing images of the four habitats which, again, can be printed and laminated for classroom use.



Curriculum references
Early learning goals for language for communication
Early learning goals for language for thinking
Early learning goals for reading
Early learning goals for language for exploration and investigation
Early learning goals for information and communication technology

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