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Ecosystems

The Ecosystems themed programs have several options for you to choose from.  Each program has been designed to meet specific expectations found in The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-8: Science and Technology document and every effort has been made to integrate the concepts of STEM.  The programs listed below can be adapted and modified to suit any classroom need for any visiting grade.  Give us a call to design the perfect program.

Ecosystems Trail

While on the Ecosystem Trail, our learners will discover the differences between natural and altered habitats as they make comparisons between field, natural forest, replanted forest and river ecosystems.  In particular, the abiotic and biotic components of each ecosystem as well as trophic levels will be explored and students will gain a strong understanding of each of these concepts.

Curriculum expectations introduced/reviewed:
Grade 6 Science & Technology - Biodiversity
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7
Grade 7 Science & Technology - Interactions in the Environment
2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8
Health & Physical Education
 A1.1, A3.1

Teacher Resources: 
Eco Hike Previsit lesson.pdf

Stream Study (STEM)

While exploring our stream, learners will discover that it is inhabited by a great variety of plant and animal species that are physically adapted to the aquatic environment in which they live. Using a dichotomous key, they will observe and classify the creatures they find while learning about the biotic and abiotic components that exist. (September to November and April to June, weather dependant)

Curriculum expectations introduced/reviewed:
Grade 4 Science & Technology
 - Habitats and Communities 
2.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7
Grade 6 Science & Technology - Biodiversity
2.1, 2.2, 2.4
Grade 7 Science & Technology - Interactions in the Environment 
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.7, 3.8
Health & Physical Education
A1.1, A3.1 

Wildlife Prowl

While participating in this program, learners are introduced to the wildlife of Albion Hills.  Adaptations of animals and birds found in the area are discussed as the learners search for creatures and the signs that they leave (tracks, scat, etc.).  The interdependency of animal species and their appropriate habitats is discovered, and different wildlife conservation and management techniques are introduced.

Curriculum expectations introduced/reviewed:
Grade 4 Science & Technology
 - Habitats and Communities
2.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.3, 3.6, 3.7
Grade 6 Science & Technology - Biodiversity
2.4, 3.1, 3.5
Grade 7 Science & Technology - Interactions in the Environment 
2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Wolf Prowl, Evolution of an Ecosystem

While participating in our Wolf Prowl activity learners experience the simulated conditions of animals and humans in an ecosystem as they struggle to survive in their natural environment. Ecological principles such as food pyramids and food chains are experienced and discussed.To maximize the experience that your students will have in this activity, please have them do some research into the lifestyles and habitats of each of the animals:  beaver, wolf, deer, and moose, as well as the roles that humans play: conservation officer, polluter, and poacher. This activity is done as a large group. 

Curriculum expectations introduced/reviewed:
Grade 4 Science & Technology - Habitats and Communities 
1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.9
Grade 6 Science & Technology - Biodiversity
2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
Grade 7 Science & Technology - Interactions in the Environment 
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.7, 3.8 
Health & Physical Education 
A1.1, A3.1 
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