How many different habitats do you have in your school grounds? Which are best for wildlife.
This activity is about discovering how many habitats are in your school grounds. You could even do this activity as part of a visit to one of our reserves. This is a practical science activity that could be undertaken at any stage of learning about habitats.
Find out more about on our school visits page.
Are you doing this activity as part of your ild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!
This activity supports the following subject: Science.
What do I need?
- Pictures of the different types of habitat creatures may live in.
- Score cards (English and bilingual)
- Instructions on branch shaking (English and Bilingual)
- How to use a sweep net
What do I do?
- Think about the type of habitats that animals like to live in. Look at the ratings on the habitat scorecard and think about why some habitats score higher than others. Have a class discussion about where you might find the most animal life and why.
- You may want to make a map of your school grounds showing where the different habitats are
- Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo to help earn your award.
Completing the activity
Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of the children exploring the habitats, a photo of recording sheet and photo of mapped habitats.
If you have done this activity face to face with an RSPB staff member then you can submit a photograph or scanned image of the postcard you were given.
Get them thinking
Here are some prompts to help with learning:
- Before you start, discuss what kind of habitats the school may have?
- Why do you thinks some habitats get a higher score on the nature scorecard than others?
- Why does having a greater variety of habitat gain a higher score?