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Is That My Home?

In this fun animal-themed lesson plan, students will get a chance to learn all about animals and their homes!
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Students will be able to draw and write about animal habitats in the forest.

(5 minutes)
  • Display pictures of different forest animals. Ask students to think about what they see and where the different animals might live.
  • Have students think about the question and then turn and pair share their thinking with a partner.
  • Tell the class that they will now get to learn more about what they see in the pictures.
(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud the book Welcome to the NeighborwoodBy Shawn Sheehy
(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud the book Welcome to the NeighborwoodBy Shawn Sheehy
  • Pause as you read to notice the different animal homes.
(5 minutes)
  • Using a piece of chart paper, create a classroom anchor chart to list the different kinds of homes of forest animals.
  • Ask students to think about the different kinds of animal homes they learned about from the read aloud. Add them to the anchor chart.
  • Have students think about other kinds of animals that live in the forest and where they live. Add these ideas to the class chart.
  • Using one of the animals from the anchor chart, demonstrate writing a sentence using the sentence stem “The ____Lives in a ____.”
  • Model stretching out beginning, middle, and ending sounds in the animal names and animals homes as you write them.
(20 minutes)
  • Tell students that they will now choose one animal and its home. They will then draw a detailed picture and write a sentence using the sentence stem.
  • Remind students to practise stretching out all of the sounds in their words as they write their sentences.
  • Pass out supplies to each student.


  • For writing support, provide students with the sentence stem “The ____Lives in a ____.”
  • Students who need additional support can be provided with a list of animal homes along with their images.


  • Have students choose a second animal home to write about. Students can add more details to their sentence to describe what the animal home looks like.
(5 minutes)
  • Assess whether students are able to identify an animal home and the animal who lives in the home.
(5 minutes)
  • Invite several students to share an animal home with the class.
  • Ask students to think about the similarities and differences between two animal homes.

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