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In this lesson children consider how living things are suited to live in different habitats. By the end of the lesson they will be able to identify features of plants and animals which make them suited to particular habitats.


The Oak Tree Presentation

Questions to ask...

Show slide 3.

What does each of the animals eat ? How is the mole suited for digging? How is the worm suited for moving through the soil?

Show slide 4.

How do the owl and woodpecker get up into the tree? How does the woodpecker hold on to the trunk? Where else in the tree might you find birds? Discuss what the different birds eat and how their beaks are different.

Show slide 5.

What might the wasp and the beetle eat? What do you think might eat the insects that love in the bark ? Why is the bark a good place for small insects to live? 

Show slide 6.

What is different about the way the bird, the bat and the squirrel get into the tree? How do you think the squirrel’s tail helps it? How is the bat suited for the way that it sleeps? Which part of the tree does the squirrel eat? What does the crow use to make its nest?

Show slide 7.

What does the caterpillar eat? Explain to children that different types of caterpillars feed on different types of plants. Discuss the fact that some caterpillars are coloured so that they can hide in the leaves, whereas others are brightly coloured to show that they are poisonous.

Show slide 8.Ask: What lives under the tree? What is growing on the trunk?

Discuss the fact that the tree also provides a habitat for other plants, especially those that are suited for growing in the shade.

Ask: Where might the oak tree be growing: in a forest, on a beach, in a field or in a swamp?


Remind children that, although the oak tree provides habitats for other living things, it is also a living thing and is suited to grow in particular habitats.