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In this activity, students learn about habitats, and why and how animals and plants are best suited to particular habitats.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • define a habitat
  • describe why some animals and plants are particularly suited to their marine habitats
  • begin to describe how a change in an environment might affect what lives there.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student handouts.

This activity is based on an idea from Nicola Hancock

Image acknowledgements:
NIWA; Will Telford; Peter van Sark; 123RF Ltd; Ian Paterson, Creative Commons 2.0; Konstantinos Kourtidis, Demokritus University of Thrace, Xanthi – Greece Creative Commons ShareAlike 2.0 ; Crown Copyright, Department of Conservation; David Cowles; Simon Franicevic; Sarah Hailes, NIWA. Creative Commons 3.0; Mike Martin, NIWA. Creative Commons 3.0; Simon & Maki; Robert Nyman, Creative Commons 2.0; Wild Blue; Barry Peters, Creative Commons 2.0; Tim Ransom; Malcolm Francis, NIWA. Creative Commons 3.0; Anna Barnett; David Baird, Creative Commons 2.0; Junya Kato; Stephen Wing, University of Otago.

Useful links

Explore the rocky shore – activities for seashore exploration for primary and intermediate levels from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago.
www.otago.ac.nz/marine-studies/resources/otago057314.html

Estuary discovery – activities designed to raise awareness in caring for local ecosystems from Tauranga City Council.
http://econtent.tauranga.govt.nz/.../files/estuarydiscovery.pdf

    Published 11 January 2012 Referencing Hub articles