All About Habitats: Desert & Forest

Information About This Unit

List of Materials and Supplies Needed for This Pathway:

Creating Water in the Desert:

  • Aquarium
  • Sand
  • Clear plastic
  • Small container like a jar lid
  • Plant
  • Water


Day or Night in the Desert:

  • Shoe box
  • Sand
  • Toy plants or animals
  • Clay
  • Miscellaneous supplies: twigs, construction paper, cardboard, etc.
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape


Leaf Prints:

  • Heavy cardboard
  • Tree leaves
  • White liquid glue
  • Paint (acrylic or poster paint)
  • Construction paper, fabric, or postcards
  • Paint brushes
  • Something sharp enough for an adult to cut cardboard with.


Preserving Spider Webs:

  • Sheet of black construction paper
  • Can of hairspray
  • Can of white or gold spray paint or talcum powder
  • Can of spray varnish
  • Cardboard box large enough for the paper to fit in


Rain Forest Mural: 

  • Mural paper
  • Tape
  • Crayons, markers, or paint 


Where Does the Animal Live:

  • Box of animal crackers or small animal toys that do and do not fit the habitats
  • Scissors
  • Crayons



  • Basic printer supplies
  • Paper
  • Pencil, crayons or markers 
Type: Pathway
Subjects: Science
Grade Levels: 1st Grade
Resource Type: Lesson
Instructional Method: Traditional