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Lesson 5: Collaging Habitat Features and Details


We will create small collages of individual landscape features—plants, rocks, seaweed, etc. Students will be able to create details for their animal habitat, including water, sky, plants, rocks, caves, and so on.

Grade Level



Drawing, Collage, Painting

  • Unit & Lessons
  • Teaching Tools


  • Painted paper
  • Colored paper
  • Black paper – 9 x 12” (base for features)
  • Scissors
  • Glue 
  • Large paper cut to desired size for habitat background
  • Resource: color photos of habitat and individual plants and features


Step 1

Look at full habitat images, then individual feature images.

Step 2

Show habitat background and discuss how features and animals will be added.

Step 3

Have students cut, arrange, and glue to make small collages of features.


Students will talk about their habitat feature collages.

What features did you make for the habitat?
How did you make them?
What else do you think the habitat background will need?

Writing Prompt (Optional):

What features do you think the habitat background will need to be complete?

Write a sentence or list your ideas.

Sketchbook Prompt (Optional):

Draw several more features that you would like to make for the habitat background next week.


Habitat, features, details


Photos of habitats

Photos of plants