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Lower and Upper Grades Animals and Habitats Research Unit (Print Version)

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Animals and habitats are such fun topics to research! The My Animal Habitat Report & Research Unit is perfect for students who are learning how to use informational text and studying various types of habitats and the animal and plant life within them.

It is the perfect unit for students who are just learning how to research as well as students who know how to research already. Students can conduct traditional book and/or internet research. The My Animal Habitat Report & Research Unit makes learning fun and engaging. Everything you need for a successful unit is included!


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What is included in the My Animal Habitat Report & Research Unit?

Students will first learn how to use the text features in an informational text including the table of contents and index. They will also learn how to find credible sources on the internet. Then, students will be assigned a habitat (and optionally, a partner or group to work with).

Students will have a Animals and Habitats Explorer Research Journal that they will use as a guide as they research their assigned habitat. Then, they will choose an animal from their habitat to research. Editable sections have been added to the research journals so you may add your own questions!

Once students have completed their research, they will use it to complete two culminating activities: a terrarium of their habitat in a shoebox and a written habitat and animal report. Finally, other classes and parents will be invited to the “Habitat Fair” where your students can show off their terrariums.


  • Teacher Info Pages: This includes a sample unit outline, grading rubric, lesson plans for internet research, intro lesson, research journals, and final projects.
  • Book research/ text features worksheets: Students will review other text features including a glossary, titles, headings, photos, captions, graphs/charts, and special print. They will also compare and contrast the table of contents and index.
  • Internet research worksheets: These worksheets will familiarize your students with how to find credible sources on the internet for research.
  • Habitat Cards Cards with the name and clip art of each habitat. You can use these to assign students a habitat to research. They will also choose an animal from the habitat. The habitat cards included are
    • Grassland
    • Desert
    • Wetland
    • Ocean
    • Tundra
    • Forest
    • Rainforest
  • Research Journals: The research journals will guide the students throughout their research. There is one question on each page for the students to find the answer to. 19 pre-written pages are included, plus 2 blank ones to add your own questions. Full-page and half-page versions are BOTH included in this resource. Choose which version is best for your students.
  • Terrarium Habitat Project & Written Report Instructions Lesson plan for the student’s final project
  • Terrarium Habitat Project Example A photo example of the final project
  • Parent Letter & Habitat Fair Invitation: Keep the parents in the loop! Let them know what is going on with the unit and invite them to the fair, if you decide to host one.
  • Final Report Pages and info: A final report page is included as well as examples and lessons to have students create a habitat terrarium.
  • **BONUS! ALL PAGES in the document are included in both vivid color AND Ink Friendly Black & White for your convenience**

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Rebecca Malam

I cannot wait to use this with my students! When I looked at all of the resources that were included with this, I could not believe it. There are resources that go along with research in general, and then those tied specifically to animals and their habitats. I am really excited about this unit, and I plan on making it part of the first big unit I do with my students.

Gisella Starman
Animals and Habitat

Love the material!! I can use for my daughter since she loves animals and like to separate by group ad thinking to use for next school year :)


I love that the bundle of these units has BOTH digital and printable resources!

Amy Smart

Excellent research focused packet on animal habitats. This packet has everything to help get the students started with their research and work through the project. I really like the choice cards to help divide up the topics easily.

Laci Holt

This will be perfect for our end of the year project!!❤️

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