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      Bernard Nebel

      Have kids consider where a given kind of animal, e.g., tree squirrels, naturally live. The woodlands where tree squirrels live are its natural habitat. Similarly, grasslands with patches of scrub where rabbits may be found are the rabbit’s natural habitat. Generalizing, the adaptations of each species of animal make it particularly suited to live in a certain sort of habitat. An animal’s natural habitat provide it with necessary food (kinds of plants), water, places to hide from predators, raise its young, etc.

      For more examples type into your browser: habits of animals images

      Quiz kids by having them match animals to their habitats. Ask them to describe the ways a given animal is adapted to its particular habitat.

      You can, and many people do, modify back yards (even relatively small yards) to make them habitats that will attract and support the reproduction of certain species of wildlife. For example, planting milkweed to aid monarch butterflies is strongly encouraged.
      A small artificial pond will attract frogs, toads, an assortment of dragon flies, etc.

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