Animal homes. Human homes. There is variety in both. Animals and humans both seek out homes to suit their environments and to provide optimal shelter. Animals live in burrows, caves, trees, nests, webs. Humans live in houses, apartments, grass huts, boats, motor homes. Every living thing needs a home.

Sample some of the following activities to learn more about homes.


Places To Go    People To See    Things To Do    Teacher Resources    Bibliography

Places To Go

The following are places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out about homes.

Abraham Lincoln's Home
Take a photo tour of Abraham Lincoln's home. This restored home in Springfield, Illinois is not Lincoln's boyhood log cabin but a home from his later life just before he became president.
Angel Island
From 1910 to 1940, the island processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants, the majority from China. During World War II, Japanese, and German POWs were held on the island.
Cliff Dwellings
The Anasazi, ancient peoples of southeast Utah and northeast Arizona, had elaborate dwellings as homes.
Collonial Williamsburg
This site includes colonial history and teacher resources, children's activities, Foundation's mission, and giving opportunities.
Ellis Island
Ellis Island is the symbol of American immigration and the immigrant experience. Use this sites free search to find your immigrant ancestors arriving through the Port of New York.
Vivint Smart Home Arena
Visit the arena. It's the home of the Utah Jazz and houses many concerts, games and other events.
Homes of the Past: The Archaeology of an Iroquoian Longhouse
Take a virtual tour of an Iroquoian village and find out how these native peoples chose home and village sites, constructed their longhouses, prepared the wood for the longhouses, how the work was divided among family members, and more.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who come to hear a lion's roar echo off nearby apartment buildings, see gorillas climb trees or forget where they are as they immerse themselves in tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas.
Los Angeles Zoo
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. The Zoo is committed to providing an interesting and educational experience for visitors, as well as excellent living conditions for the more than 1,100 animals and 7,400 plants in our care.
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is in Hannibal, Missouri. Educational and teaching materials are available on the website. The Museum displays 15 original Norman Rockwell paintings from Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia.
Palaces, Parks, and Gardens
Do people still use palaces as homes--even today? Visit these and find out who lives there now. Then take a virtual tour of a castle.
Plimoth Plantation
The official site of Plimoth Plantation and the first thanksgiving. The story of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people.
Pyramids - The Inside Story
Tour the Great Pyramid in QuickTime VR, follow the current excavation, learn about how the pyramids were constructed and who constructed them.
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
The National Zoo is home to 2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species. Their best known residents are the giant pandas, but great apes, big cats, Asian elephants, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, aquatic animals, small mammals, and many others can be found at the Zoo.
Stratford Hall Plantation
Stratford Hall Plantation, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee, is one of the great houses of American history.
Topaz Internment Camp
Visit this camp near Delta, Utah. This camp was home to thousands of Japanese-Americans who were interred during World War II.
White House
This site is a source for information about the President, White House news and policies, White House history, and the federal government. You can also take a tour of the White House that is specifically designed for kids.

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People To See

Ask a Construction Expert
When building a home, how do you make sure that a door or window is plumb? (OR--What does "plumb" mean?) Send your questions to the Professor of Construction. He will reply and fill you in with constructive details.
Ever had a question that you wanted to ask an architect? Now you can!
Babe Ruth
Visit with a home run giant. Babe Ruth and Roger Maris were the kings of home run hitters. Roger Maris held the record for home runs hit in a single season when he hit 61 home runs in 1961. Before that, Babe Ruth held the record with 60 home runs.
Do it yourself home improvement and diy repair at Includes home improvement projects, home repair, kitchen remodeling, plumbing, electrical, painting, real estate, and decorating.
Frank Lloyd Wright
An overview of Frank Lloyd Wright's 70-year career and a 'webliography' of internet resources related to Wright and his works.
This Old House
Expert advice on home improvement, remodeling, upgrades, tools, and products. Ideas, photos, how-to videos, and step-by-step projects on kitchens, bathrooms, living spaces, workspaces, exteriors, landscaping, plumbing, storage, heating and cooling, insulation, doors and windows, decks, and more.

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Things To Do

Absolutely the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Make a batch of chocolate chip cookies because nothing says "home" like the smell of cookies fresh out of the oven.
Great Buildings Online
1000 classics of world architecture in an online multimedia encyclopedia with photos, drawings, bibliographies, and live 3D models. You can find information about the Taj Mahal there. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife--not as a home but as what?
Historic Jamestown
Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. This site details information for visitors, students, and researchers who are interested in the site and its archaeology.
Home on the Range
Did you realize that it has many more verses than the first verse that we all know? The other verses mention a curlew and a zephyr. Use World Book Encyclopedia Online and find out what a curlew and a zephyr are.
The Jetsons
The Jetsons live in a home of the future! Design what YOU think that homes in 2050 will be like. What time-saving features will these future homes have?
Math Baseball
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide your way to a home run.
Mount Vernon
When George Washington lived here, Mount Vernon was an 8,000-acre plantation divided into five farms. Each farm was a complete unit, with its own overseers, work force of slaves, livestock, equipment, and buildings.
Utah Governor's Mansion
Take a tour of our governor's house. The governor's home is also known as the Kearn's Mansion because it was built by a rich and famous Utah miner named Thomas Kearns.
Utah Heritage Foundation
The Utah Heritage Foundation works to preserve historical buildings through education, public awareness, and resources.
What is the Tallest Structure in the World?
Find out what city is home to the tallest building in the world.

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Teacher Resources

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  • Brown, Craig McFarland. Animals at Home. Boulder, Colo.: Roberts Rinehart Publishers; [S.l.]: Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Publishers Group West, c1996.
  • Carter, Kyle. Animals That Build Homes. Vero Beach, FL: Rourke, 1995.
  • Everts, Tammy. Animal Homes. New York: Crabtree Pub. Co., 1994.
  • Lauber, Patricia.   Fur, Feathers, and Flippers: How Animals Live Where They Do. New York: Scholastic, c1994.
  • Ryan, Pam Munoz. Armadillos Sleep in Dugouts: And Other Places Animals Live. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, c1997.
  • Shipman, Wanda. Animal Architects: How Animals Weave, Tunnel, and Build Their Remarkable Homes. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, c1994.
  • Taylor, Barbara. Animal Homes. Dorling Kingersley: New York, 1996.
  • Tuxworth, Nicola. A First Look at Animal Homes. Milwaukee, Wis.: Gareth Stevens Pub., 1999.