Name that Niche

In this activity, students will read and use maps to learn about ecological niches and predator prey relationships.

By completing this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Obtain and evaluate information from a nonfiction text about animal adaptations.
  • Identify the role that three species play in their ecosystem.
  • Describe their own personal niche.

More About this Lesson Plan

Wild Kids is a collection of simple activities that can be used to introduce students to different wildlife and life science concepts. Each activity includes a two page printable student worksheet and a page of teacher instructions. They have been aligned to the Arizona academic science standards and can be used to promote three dimensional teaching.

In this activity, students will read a short passage about ecological niches. They will learn about the different roles that each species plays in an ecosystem. As part of this, they will also learn about some adaptations that help predator and prey species survive. Then, they will try to explain the ecological niche of different animals including themselves.


  • Eric Proctor, Wildlife Education Coordinator,
    Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)
  • Other AZGFD staff

Standards Correlation

This lesson has been correlated to the following Arizona Department of Education academic standards:

  • 6th Grade

    1. 6.L2U1.13

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