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Animals in our Local Environment

Students answer questions about the animals that live in our gardens and parks.

'Animals in our Local Environment' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Living Things and Their Habitats

Curriculum subtopic:   Habitats and Micro-habitats

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many animals live around us - in our local park, in our gardens and even in our houses! These habitats are very important for a range of insects, spiders, molluscs (slugs and snails), birds and small mammals like mice and hedgehogs.

 

 

These habitats provide water, food, shelter and a mate and a place to reproduce. These are also great places to investigate animals because they are right on our doorsteps.

Nina and Manik want to investigate the animals which live in their garden. They start by listing the possible habitats around them.

 

Can you help them by choosing one place where they are least likely to find animals?

in the soil

under rocks

on the concrete path

in the grass

in the trees

Choose THREE reasons to explain your answer. 

There is no food.

There is no water.

Concrete is hard.

There is no shelter.

Nina and Manik start by looking under some rocks. Which three animals did they find there?

centipede

butterfly

woodlice

diving beetle

slugs

The animals Nina and Manik found under the rocks prefer which conditions?

light and dry

dark and dry

light and damp

dark and damp

Manik decides to investigate the soil in his garden. Which THREE animals is he likely to find?  

 

bumble bee

ant

worm

harvestman

slug

Nina's Mum helps them find the animals which live in their apple tree. They spread a white sheet on the ground under the branches and gently shake them. The animals fall onto the sheet.

Which THREE animals live in the apple tree?            

 

toad

spider

caterpillar

hedgehog

fly

Manik says: "We must leave the sheet for a while so that the animals can crawl and fly back onto the tree."

Nina says: "We can keep them in a jam jar to study them."

 

Who is correct?

Manik

Nina

Which THREE animals might they find in the compost heap? 

 

snail

frog

cat

toad

bat

Manik has a log pile in his garden. Which THREE of these animals choose this habitat? 

mouse

stag beetle

otter

woodlouse

badger

Nina and Manik visit the local park and use their digital camera to record the animals they find living there.

Which FOUR of these animals do they discover?

 

elephants

rabbits

sparrows

crocodiles

squirrels

magpies

  • Question 1

Nina and Manik want to investigate the animals which live in their garden. They start by listing the possible habitats around them.

 

Can you help them by choosing one place where they are least likely to find animals?

CORRECT ANSWER
on the concrete path
  • Question 2

Choose THREE reasons to explain your answer. 

CORRECT ANSWER
There is no food.
There is no water.
There is no shelter.
EDDIE SAYS
Habitats must provide food, water and shelter. Yes, concrete is hard, but some habitats, for example under rocks and stone walls are also hard and animals do live there!
  • Question 3

Nina and Manik start by looking under some rocks. Which three animals did they find there?

CORRECT ANSWER
centipede
woodlice
slugs
EDDIE SAYS
Diving beetles live in ponds. Butterflies live on a variety of plants, the caterpillars eat the leaves and the adult butterflies take the sweet nectar made by flowers.
  • Question 4

The animals Nina and Manik found under the rocks prefer which conditions?

CORRECT ANSWER
dark and damp
  • Question 5

Manik decides to investigate the soil in his garden. Which THREE animals is he likely to find?  

 

CORRECT ANSWER
ant
worm
slug
EDDIE SAYS
Slugs also live in the top layers of garden soil because the conditions are dark and damp here too.
  • Question 6

Nina's Mum helps them find the animals which live in their apple tree. They spread a white sheet on the ground under the branches and gently shake them. The animals fall onto the sheet.

Which THREE animals live in the apple tree?            

 

CORRECT ANSWER
spider
caterpillar
fly
  • Question 7

Manik says: "We must leave the sheet for a while so that the animals can crawl and fly back onto the tree."

Nina says: "We can keep them in a jam jar to study them."

 

Who is correct?

CORRECT ANSWER
Manik
EDDIE SAYS
Good scientists ALWAYS put the animals back where they found them. Nina can look at the animals on the sheet, take pictures of them or draw them. They will crawl or fly back into the tree. A jam jar is not an animal habitat!
  • Question 8

Which THREE animals might they find in the compost heap? 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
snail
frog
toad
EDDIE SAYS
Frogs and toads find food and shelter in the compost heap. They return to ponds to mate and lay their eggs.
  • Question 9

Manik has a log pile in his garden. Which THREE of these animals choose this habitat? 

CORRECT ANSWER
mouse
stag beetle
woodlouse
EDDIE SAYS
Stag beetles are very exciting to find, but they look quite fearsome! They are protected, so we must not harm them. Good scientists ALWAYS put animals back where they found them.
  • Question 10

Nina and Manik visit the local park and use their digital camera to record the animals they find living there.

Which FOUR of these animals do they discover?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
rabbits
sparrows
squirrels
magpies
EDDIE SAYS
Parks are good habitats for a range of animals which are easy to spot. The trees, grasses and plants provide food and shelter and messy people leave food behind!
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