Habitats

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These selected online resources explore aspects of animal habitats. Topics include homes animals build for themselves or environments that become their homes in New Zealand and around the world. Habitats.SCIS 1674366


Auckland Zoo

Visit the Auckland Zoo website to learn about various animals and their original habitats. Each animal image has an accompanying conservation status link.

Suggested level: intermediate
www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/sites/explore-the-zoo/Mammals/list


A-Z of Animals

What are Habitats? Where do they exist and what size are they and who lives in them? All these questions asked and more using the alphabetical  list of the different species of animals. Lots of information provided.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://a-z-animals.com/reference/habitats/


BBC Nature

A habitat or biome is the type of environment is which plants and animals live. This site gives a comprehensive picture of different habitats. Click on a habitat to learn what grows and lives there.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.bbc.co.uk/nature/habitats


Kids National Geographic

Good information about animals and their environment according to animal classification and habitat.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Kidsport Reference Library

This website has information about the different kinds of homes that the various animals live in from nests to caves.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.kidport.com/reflib/science/animalhomes/animalhomes.htm


ManyAnswers

To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers, use the search term 'animal building homes'.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://manyanswers.co.nz/topic-animal-buildings-homes-1026.aspx


Nature Conservancy Animal Species and Habitats

The Nature Conservancy website features information about various animal species, their habitats and conservation.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.nature.org/newsfeatures/specialfeatures/animals/


A valuable and reliable site about New Zealand environments. Search marine environments, the bush and birds of sea and shore to investigate animal life in these habitats.

Suggested levels: primary, intermediate
www.teara.govt.nz/en


EPIC

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offers comprehensive information on the habitats and homes of various animals.  School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary and intermediate
www.tki.org.nz/epic


Books

Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Anaconda ambush, by Justin D’Ath, 2008 (junior fiction)
Fantail’s quilt, by Gay Hay, 2011 (picture book)
Mang: the wild orangutan, by Joan van Loon, 2007 (picture book)

Video

Animals and their habitats. Amanda Mehciz. (YouTube. 3:44)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjZsKiZZ6dQ