Lesson Plan: Home is where the ____ is. A lesson on Wyoming Ecosystems

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A Kindergarten Lesson

Learn what the major communities in Wyoming are and their unique characteristics. In addition, learn how specific plants and animals are able to live and survive in each ecosystem. 

Essential Question

Why do organisms live where they do in Wyoming?


At the end of the of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Identify and differentiate abiotic and biotic objects.
  • Organize biotic elements to their habitats. 
  • Illustrate a biotic creature in its habitat.


At the end of this unit, you will be able to assess students through:

  • Having them recognize and find abiotic versus biotic objects in a schoolyard bingo
  • Asking students to pair an organism to its habitat and give a reason for that pairing.
  • Students creating an illustration of one local species in its habitat, or create a class mural.

Performance Expectations: Next Generation Science Standards


Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.


Use a model to represent the realationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live. 

Disciplinary Core Ideas: Next Generation Science Standards

LS1.C Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organism
All animals need food in order to live and grow. They obtain their food from plants or other animals. Plants need water and light to live and grow (K-LS1-1)

ESS3.A: Natural Resources
Living things need water, air and resources from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need. Humans use natural resources for everything they do.  

Wyoming State Standards

SC4.1.1: Characteristics of Organisms
Students describe observable characteristics of living things, including structures that serve specific functions and everyday behaviors.

SC4.1.3: Organisms in their Environment
Students show connections between living things, their basic needs, and the environment. 


Lesson Plan by Ted Wambeke

Graphics by Jamie Legerski