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Animals in the Local Environment 1

In this worksheet, students will answer questions about a wider range of animals which live alonside us in our local environment.

'Animals in the Local Environment 1' 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

People like to live together in towns and cities which are busy, noisy and sometimes dirty places. Many wild animals have also moved into our built-up areas because they find water, food, shelter and warmth there.

 

Eagle Otter Fox

 

We know that it is very important to protect and care for the beautiful, exciting wild animals.

 

Clean rivers, gardens and buildings are ideal habitats for some unlikely animals. As we use up more and more of our countryside for roads, houses and farming, animals have 'moved in' with us.

 

Let's find out more about them...

Tanya and Will live in the city. They are going to investigate the animals which live there too. They start their search by visiting the local park.

 

Which of these THREE habitats are they likely to find there? 

lake

rock pool

trees

flower beds

desert

Tanya and Will visit their park in autumn when there are piles of leaves under the trees. They predict the animals they will find in the leaf litter.

 

Beetle

 

Which FOUR of these animals would you predict they will find?

centipedes

spiders

pigeons

earwigs

guinea pigs

beetles

There are many old trees in the park which have rough bark and holes in their trunks.

 

Which FOUR of these animals make old trees their habitat?

monkeys

owls

squirrels

seagulls

bats

woodpeckers

Will thinks that grey squirrels live in the park because...

They always live in parks

The park provides food and shelter.

They have nowhere else to go.

Tanya and Will know that not all the animals in the park are easy to spot, but they have collected evidence to support their ideas.

 

Which THREE pieces of evidence suggest that there are some shy animals in the park?

hair caught on fences

lost property

feathers

nibbled nut shells

broken branches

Tanya looks closely at the nibbled nutshells. She says: "The nuts inside the shells have been eaten by mice."

Mouse

 

Will says, "I think the nuts have been eaten by owls because they have sharp beaks."

Barn Owl

 

Who do you think is correct?

Tanya

Will

Which THREE of these animals make their home in the pond or lake habitats in the park? 

grey squirrel

mallard duck

pike

dragonfly

robin

Clean rivers which run through our towns and cities provide food and shelter for which one of these mammals?

pilot whale

seal

otter

Will and Tanya carry out a survey in their street. They ask people to record the animals they see visiting their gardens.

 

Which THREE of these mammals did they discover in the survey?

red deer

hedgehogs

foxes

chipmunks

bats

Bats, hedgehogs and foxes are most active at night when it is dark.

 

Which scientific word describes these animals' behaviour? 

night shift

nocturnal

natural

  • Question 1

Tanya and Will live in the city. They are going to investigate the animals which live there too. They start their search by visiting the local park.

 

Which of these THREE habitats are they likely to find there? 

CORRECT ANSWER
lake
trees
flower beds
EDDIE SAYS
Parks provide a range of habitats and some animals don't seem to mind sharing their homes with people! Rock pools are found on the seashore, by the way.
  • Question 2

Tanya and Will visit their park in autumn when there are piles of leaves under the trees. They predict the animals they will find in the leaf litter.

 

Beetle

 

Which FOUR of these animals would you predict they will find?

CORRECT ANSWER
centipedes
spiders
earwigs
beetles
EDDIE SAYS
Remember, they are PREDICTING what they will find. They are basing their prediction on their experience and what they THINK they will find. Of course, it may work out differently.
  • Question 3

There are many old trees in the park which have rough bark and holes in their trunks.

 

Which FOUR of these animals make old trees their habitat?

CORRECT ANSWER
owls
squirrels
bats
woodpeckers
EDDIE SAYS
Holes and rough bark provide shelter and nesting places for many birds and mammals.
  • Question 4

Will thinks that grey squirrels live in the park because...

CORRECT ANSWER
The park provides food and shelter.
EDDIE SAYS
Grey squirrels are very 'cheeky' animals which have adapted to living in our parks and gardens. Some people think they are pests, but some people enjoy watching them and even bring them food.
  • Question 5

Tanya and Will know that not all the animals in the park are easy to spot, but they have collected evidence to support their ideas.

 

Which THREE pieces of evidence suggest that there are some shy animals in the park?

CORRECT ANSWER
hair caught on fences
feathers
nibbled nut shells
EDDIE SAYS
Some animals are shy and others are mostly active at night and hide-away during the day. Scientists collect evidence, just like detectives, to support their ideas. Things like nibbled nut shells, hair on fences, footprints, droppings and so on can all provide evidence for what's living there, even if you cannot actually see it.
  • Question 6

Tanya looks closely at the nibbled nutshells. She says: "The nuts inside the shells have been eaten by mice."

Mouse

 

Will says, "I think the nuts have been eaten by owls because they have sharp beaks."

Barn Owl

 

Who do you think is correct?

CORRECT ANSWER
Tanya
EDDIE SAYS
Mice and owls do live in our parks, but they have completely different diets. It's the mice which gnaw into hard nut shells to reach the nutritious nut inside. Owls eat the mice!
  • Question 7

Which THREE of these animals make their home in the pond or lake habitats in the park? 

CORRECT ANSWER
mallard duck
pike
dragonfly
EDDIE SAYS
When it comes to ponds and lakes, there are a whole host of animals who are ADAPTED (designed) to live there. That means that ducks have webbed feet (for better swimming) and waterproof feathers, pike have streamlined bodies and breathe using gills. Whilst a robin or a grey squirrel might visit the edges of the pond for a drink or to collect some nesting material, they are not AQUATIC (= water-living) animals.
  • Question 8

Clean rivers which run through our towns and cities provide food and shelter for which one of these mammals?

CORRECT ANSWER
otter
EDDIE SAYS
Otters almost died out because they were hunted, had their habitats destroyed and were poisoned by pesticides. Now they are protected and they are becoming a common sight, even in busy cities. Very rarely a seal or pilot whale might be spotted near the mouth of the river, but they don't tend to get as far as the city unless something's gone wrong with their navigation!
  • Question 9

Will and Tanya carry out a survey in their street. They ask people to record the animals they see visiting their gardens.

 

Which THREE of these mammals did they discover in the survey?

CORRECT ANSWER
hedgehogs
foxes
bats
EDDIE SAYS
Amazingly, many of our British mammals can now be seen visiting gardens, even really rare ones like pine martens. Foxes and hedgehogs regularly use our gardens to search for food like worms and slugs, and bats catch insects on the wing. Chipmunks might visit gardens in the USA and our red deer are too big to be in the garden (unless your garden happens to be a large park with trees in!).
  • Question 10

Bats, hedgehogs and foxes are most active at night when it is dark.

 

Which scientific word describes these animals' behaviour? 

CORRECT ANSWER
nocturnal
EDDIE SAYS
Some animals which are eaten by other animals (called prey animals), feed at night to avoid being eaten. Some animals which eat other animals (called predators), hunt at night when their prey is active too.
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