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Where Does Life Live?

In this activity (on pages 22-24 of the PDF), learners match extreme enviroments with life forms they support. The environments are shown in one series of printable cards (the "Can Living Things Live Here?" set on pages 32-33 of the PDF), and the living things are on another series of cards (the "Extreme Life!" set on pages 34-35 of the PDF). Instructions are included for a "cards only" version of the activity, as well as a version for use "with computers" where learners view an online exhibit called "Spectrum of Life." The goal is to expand thinking about where on Earth life can exist.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 1 set of cards Can Living Things Live Here? (environment cards)
  • 1 set of cards Extreme Life! (life form cards)
  • Internet access to the Spectrum of Life exhibit
  • Science journals
  • 1 large sheet of paper labeled “Where Does Life Live?”
  • Pens, crayons, markers


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Viruses and Bacteria
      • Protists and Fungi
      • Classification
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Biodiversity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection:

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide


  • Public Domain

Funding Source:

  • NASA, NAG5-13028


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