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Plant and Animal Habitats

In this worksheet, students will check their understanding of the organisms found in local habitats.

'Plant and Animal Habitats ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Living Things and Their Habitats

Curriculum subtopic:  Habitats and Micro-habitats

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Habitats are home to many different plants and animals.

 

Ladybird Snail Owl

 

The differences we see between types of plants and types of animals is called DIVERSITY.

 

Rich habitats are the home of many plants and animals. The more DIVERSITY, the richer the habitat. Wild animals need different kinds of food and shelter, so their habitats are very different.

 

Humpback whale

 

Imagine a whale living in the pond in the park!

 

As scientists, we need to know which plants and animals live in different habitats.

Which three of these organisms live in woodland habitats? 

bats

sycamore trees

woodpeckers

meerkats

palm trees

Choose three of these plants and animals we would find in a hedgerow. 

hawthorn

spiders

newts

sparrows

seaweed

Which of these animals does NOT live at the seaside around our shores? 

limpet

seagull

crab

albatross

starfish

Identify the three animals whose habitat is a clean river near you!

pike

badger

kingfisher

haddock

otter

Meadows are very special habitats where lots of plants and animals live.

 

Which THREE organisms make their home in meadows? 

buttercups

cabbages

moths

grasses

grey squirrel

All of these animals live in which habitat?

 

Newt Diving beetle Pond snail
NEWT DIVING BEETLE SNAIL

 

forest

pond

under a rock

Compost heaps are good habitats for small invertebrates - animals without backbones.

 

Woodlouse

 

Identify the three invertebrates which live in compost heaps. 

woodlice

lobsters

scorpion

worms

spiders

Some animals, including some insects, need places to shelter in winter to escape the cold and lack of food.

 

When animals 'sleep' through the winter we say they... 

hide away

disappear

hibernate

Three of these animals hibernate in winter. Which are they? 

owls

adders

toads

bats

badgers

Habitats must provide WATER, FOOD and SHELTER.

 

Which ONE other thing do animals need from their habitat?

a dark place

a nest box

a mate for reproduction

  • Question 1

Which three of these organisms live in woodland habitats? 

CORRECT ANSWER
bats
sycamore trees
woodpeckers
EDDIE SAYS
Yes, woodland habitats (of course!) contain trees, and woodpeckers nest in sycamore trees, for example. Bats hunt for insects in woods. Meerkats are animals of the African savannah and palm trees are tropical (and don't form woodland there either).
  • Question 2

Choose three of these plants and animals we would find in a hedgerow. 

CORRECT ANSWER
hawthorn
spiders
sparrows
EDDIE SAYS
Hedges are at their best in the Spring, when plants like hawthorn are flowering and the sparrows are squabbling and making their nests in the hedge. Spiders spin their fly-catching webs there too. Seaweed, of course, is found on the seashore whilst newts are pond animals.
  • Question 3

Which of these animals does NOT live at the seaside around our shores? 

CORRECT ANSWER
albatross
EDDIE SAYS
Well done, if you spotted the albatross. It's a sea-living bird but lives in places like Antarctica. When the young albatrosses take to the wing, they'll be out, flying over the sea, for about the next two years before they come back to land to mate for the first time!
  • Question 4

Identify the three animals whose habitat is a clean river near you!

CORRECT ANSWER
pike
kingfisher
otter
EDDIE SAYS
Otters are really good at catching fish. Not too long ago, otters were almost extinct in Britain, but they're making a comeback. You're very lucky if you see one in the wild. Pike are fish that live in lakes and rivers, but haddock live in the sea.
  • Question 5

Meadows are very special habitats where lots of plants and animals live.

 

Which THREE organisms make their home in meadows? 

CORRECT ANSWER
buttercups
moths
grasses
EDDIE SAYS
Meadows are becoming a rare sight in Britain, today. They are field areas, filled with a whole variety of different plants like grasses, buttercups, dandelions, cornflowers and poppies. That means you can find an enormous variety (DIVERSITY) of animals living there as a result. However, you won't find cabbages (garden plants) or grey squirrels (woodland habitat).
  • Question 6

All of these animals live in which habitat?

 

Newt Diving beetle Pond snail
NEWT DIVING BEETLE SNAIL

 

CORRECT ANSWER
pond
EDDIE SAYS
Newts are amphibians - just like frogs and toads. They lay their eggs in pondweed, and eat small pond animals. The diving beetle and pond snail are also adapted to living underwater.
  • Question 7

Compost heaps are good habitats for small invertebrates - animals without backbones.

 

Woodlouse

 

Identify the three invertebrates which live in compost heaps. 

CORRECT ANSWER
woodlice
worms
spiders
EDDIE SAYS
Many animals eat the rotting plants in the compost, helping to break it down for the gardener! Good work worms and woodlice! Spiders are there to feed on the many insects living around a compost heap, while scorpions are invertebrates from a warmer climate (however, there ARE tiny little false scorpions living in the compost heap - they are about 3mm long and have no sting!). Lobsters, of course, live in the sea.
  • Question 8

Some animals, including some insects, need places to shelter in winter to escape the cold and lack of food.

 

When animals 'sleep' through the winter we say they... 

CORRECT ANSWER
hibernate
EDDIE SAYS
Hibernation is the special term for the 'winter sleep' that some animals go through. In Britain bats cannot find enough insect food to make it through to Spring, so they hibernate. Similarly, butterflies have no flowers to feed on and so they hibernate, either inside the pupa case (chrysalis) or as a caterpillar. Then they emerge in the Spring as a butterfly, once the weather is warmer and there are flowers to provide nectar.
  • Question 9

Three of these animals hibernate in winter. Which are they? 

CORRECT ANSWER
adders
toads
bats
EDDIE SAYS
You might think that badgers hibernate but, in fact, they are out and about in winter, but they just spend longer underground to avoid the worst of the weather. Toads hibernate in the mud at the bottom of a pond while adders get together in a place like a rotten tree, sharing their warmth, and hope to get through the cold weather. Bats hibernate in cool, dark places (an unused shed is a good place, but often caves) as there is so little insect food about during winter.
  • Question 10

Habitats must provide WATER, FOOD and SHELTER.

 

Which ONE other thing do animals need from their habitat?

CORRECT ANSWER
a mate for reproduction
EDDIE SAYS
Animals need to find a mate, otherwise the species may die out and become extinct, but we can help some animals to reproduce by providing places to nest and giving them food (like in bird-feeders).
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