KEY QUESTIONS: How might exploring where animals live help us to learn more about where we live?
Using nature and animals’ homes is an engaging activity for KS1, and can be explored in quite a lot of depth for KS2 with ideas for use at KS3 and 4 also offered below.
1. Help learners to investigate the different ways that animals build or find their homes, and encourage them to think about safety.
2. Ask learners to compare their home with the home of an animal they have found out about. Ask them to think about what is similar, and what is different? A Venn diagram could be used for this.
3. Discuss as a class why home is so important as a basic need.
4. Use article 22 (below) from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a title for learners to create a picture showing how important homes are. The picture can show humans or animals.
A right to a home
Article 22 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is useful here:
We all have the right to a home, enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill. Music, art, craft and sport are for everyone to enjoy.
5. Explain that many world leaders in an organisation called the United Nations, or the UN, have agreed that this right is important.
6. Display the UDHR on the board using the following link http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
7. Learners can look at some of the other rights, and see how many of them link to having a home e.g. Article 3: We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.
Note: You could differentiate the ideas in this activity for other key stages as outlined below.
KS3 and KS4 (or extension for some KS2 pupils) classes can look at the same picture book of animals, and the Protect the Human campaign website from Amnesty, and explore how the charity are using our feelings about protecting animal habitats to make us realise that humans too are ‘in danger’.
Is climate change a threat to human habitats, and where we live?
Do we need to act in order to ‘protect the human’?