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Lesson 6: Creating the Habitat Background


We will continue to work on our habitat background. Students will be able to work collaboratively to create a large habitat background and continue creating habitat details.

Grade Level



Drawing, Collage, Painting

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Habitat features:

  • Painted paper
  • Colored paper
  • Black paper – 9 x 12” (base for features)
  • Scissors
  • Glue 
  • Resource: color photos of individual plants and features

Habitat background:

  • Large paper cut to desired size for habitat background
  • Oil pastels
  • Resource: color photos of habitat


Step 1

Revisit mural and decide what else is needed.

Step 2

Divide class into groups of 3-5 students.

Step 3

Have one group use oil pastels to draw a horizon line on the background and add color for the ocean, sky, clouds, etc. Have other groups continue to create collage features and details for habitat. Rotate groups so that everyone gets a chance to work on each part.


Students will talk and write about the mural background and where they will add their animal. 

What animal did you make?
What will your animal be doing in the mural—running, swimming, eating?
Where will you place your animal on the background?

Sketchbook Prompt (Optional):

Draw your animal in your sketchbook in a pose that shows what it is doing.

Write about what your animal would do next.
Draw that next action.

For example, if your animal is jumping out of the water, it might next dive back under the water and swim away.




Photos of habitats

Photos of plants