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Conservation Classroom: What Makes a Habitat a Home?

From deserts to rainforests, what makes a habitat a suitable animal home? What Makes a Habitat a Home explores habitats around the world and some of the animals that live in these habitats.

This virtual school program is part of Conservation Classroom, a collection of monthly lessons for K-5 students. Each lesson has four elements: wonder (video), engage (live virtual program), act (activities), and connect (video). Follow along with all four parts or pick and choose the videos and activities you want to explore. 

Grades: K-5 

Standards: Supports NGSS 

Topics: habitat, animals, survival

Cost: Free

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I wonder... what is a habitat? Bring your curiosity along on an exploration of different animal habitats. 

Video coming soon!

A horseshoe crab and mummichog fish in the Delaware Bay aviary.


November 15, 2023 at 2 p.m. ET

In this free, live virtual program, students will compare two animal habitats and meet some of the animals that call these habitats home. Program is hosted in Zoom webinar. Recording will be made available approximately 48 hours after the live program. Please note: audio and video are disabled for participants but students can still engage via polls, chat, Q&A and emojis.

Access: ASL, live captions

Language: English, Spanish (simulcast)

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Check back for program activities.

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Check back for a career connection video.

For Educators

Educator's Materials

Conservation Classroom: What Makes a Habitat a Home? i­­s best suited for grades K-5. The full lesson consists of two videos, a live program, and two activities. Refer to the Smithsonian Learning Lab collection (coming soon!) to help teach this lesson.

Letter to Guardians

After participating in the live program, print or send the following letter to guardians, explaining what their student learned in this lesson and how they can continue to engage from home. 

Guardian Letter