Habitat Observations

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In this outdoor activity, learners discover the wonders of the habitat surrounding them. After reading "The Empty Lot," a picture book by Dale Fife, learners observe and record in writing what happens in the natural environment around them. Spending time outdoors observing nature can help learners better understand and appreciate the world in which we live.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)


  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
  • The Nature of Science

Informal Categories

  • Literature
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • smell

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access