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K, 1st, 2nd


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Geography

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Worksheet

Regional Focus

Global, North America, South and Central America, Oceania, Africa, Asia, Europe



Matching Animals to Continents

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  • In this activity, students will place animals on their respective continents and learn about how climate change has impacted animal habitats.
  • The resource includes a lesson plan, a printable worksheet, and linked sources for more information.

Teaching Tips


  • In this simple and engaging activity, students will learn about climate change, habitats, animals, and geography. 
  • There are plenty of great conversation starters and classroom ideas in the Teacher's Guide. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need scissors and glue skills to complete this activity. 
  • Teachers may want to read the animal habitat descriptions out loud for younger students.


  • This activity would work well in a language arts class for practicing nonfiction reading.
  • Social studies classes could use this activity when learning about the continents. Teachers could ask students to describe some distinguishing environmental features of each continent and discuss how these features might be affected by climate change.
  • As an extension, have groups of students look up other animals that share habitats with the animals from the worksheet. 
  • Other resources on this topic include this PBS video on animal habitats and this digital animal habitat matching game
Scientist Notes
In addition to learning how climate change is influencing animal migration, students will acquire a thorough understanding of the spatial distribution of species worldwide. For instruction, this is advised.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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      • RI.1.6 Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
      • RI.2.10 Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at grade level complexity proficiently, with scaffolding as needed.
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    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.2.GeoHE.2: Describe how human activities affect the culture and environmental characteristics of places or regions (e.g., transportation, housing, dietary needs).
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    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
      • K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of climate change and humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
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