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
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.
Explore the rocky shore – activities for seashore exploration for primary and intermediate levels from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago.
Estuary discovery – activities designed to raise awareness in caring for local ecosystems from Tauranga City Council.