School Tours: Habitat Hunters

Habitat Hunters

September–November; Mid-April–June 
Grades K–2 (90 minutes each)

Pairs well with:

  • Tours—How They Lived, Creepy Crawlies, Garden Science  
  • Shows—Habit-tat-tat

Explore three of Indiana’s natural habitats in the Minnetrista Nature Area—tallgrass prairie, woodland, and pond. By applying observation skills, using scientific tools, and playing games, your students will discover the importance of each of these habitats and the plants and animals that call them home.

What will my students do?

  • Explore the prairie using magnifying glasses and bug nets
  • Look for aquatic life with dip nets
  • Search high and low for wildlife in the woodland using binoculars
  • Play a game to learn the homes of native animals and plants
  • Explore the food chain and how animals and plants in different habitats are connected

What will my students learn?

  • Identify the three dominant habitats in Indiana
  • Understand that habitats are interconnected
  • Realize that living organisms include plants AND animals
  • Understand that tools can help us to better observe and understand the world around us
  • Discover that exploration is a fun and scientific process

State Standards

Kindergarten

Language Arts:  K.7.1, K.7.2, K.7.3

Science:  K.1.1, K.1.2, K.4.1, K.4.2

1st Grade

Language Arts:  1.7.1, 1.7.2, 1.7.3, 1.7.4, 1.7.5

Science:  1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 1.2.5, 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 1.4.4, 1.6.2

2nd Grade                          

Language Arts:  2.7.1, 2.7.4, 2.7.14, 2.7.14

Science:  2.4.1, 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.4, 2.6.1, 2.6.3

Common Core Standards

Kindergarten

ELA:  K.L.1b, c, d, e, f; K.L.5a, c; K.L.6; K.SL.1a, b; K.SL.2; K.SL.3; K.SL.4; K.SL.6

Mathematics:  K.MD.1; K.MD.2

1st Grade

ELA:  1.L.1 b, c, d, f, g, h, j; 1.L.5b, c; 1.SL.1a, b, c; 1.SL.2; 1.SL.3; 1.SL.6

Mathematics:  1.MD.1; 1.MD.4

2nd Grade

ELA:  2.L.1f; 2.SL.1a, b, c; 2.SL.2, 2.SL.3; 2.SL.4; 2.SL.6

Mathematics:  2.MD.1; 2.MD.4