Grade 4 Curriculum

Life Systems – Habitats And Communities

Introduction

Earth is a unique place in the solar system. It is only one of nine planets (as far as we know) where life exists; Nothing exists alone. Everything is dependent on some other living or non-living factor. Ecosystems are examples of this interdependence. A habitat is where an animal lives, where it gets its food, water and shelter. A community is formed by a group of plants and animals that live together in one habitat. What happens, however, when a connection is broken, when one habitat is threatened? Three types of plant habitats are currently threatened: wetlands, desertification, and mangroves. How can we better manage our use of resources to help repair the damage that has happened to these habitats?

Student Demonstration Project

Language: Students will identify how ways in which humans are dependent on forests ( products we use and for jobs the industry creates) and how our needs counterbalance the needs of the forest itself. Write a short story about how the development of one industry along the Niagara Escarpment could threaten an entire forest community – their story may parallel “The Lorax”, written by Dr. Seuss.

Habitat: Reconstruct, in a jar, a habitat that may have supported a creature that is now only a fossil at Scenic Caves.

Adaptation: Explain the importance of being able to adapt to a new environment, making reference to species that have not adapted to a new environment ie. dinosaurs. Your curriculum package includes lesson plans, work sheets and information necessary to cover each unit.

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Grade 6 Curriculum
Life Systems – Diversity Of Living Things

Introduction

Tearing/ chewing, sucking, sponging, lapping, piercing/ sucking. Humans like to classify, number and organize things. The identifications listed above give classification to a group of insects by way of “sucking methodology”. Students will experiment with a variety of classification systems that will allow them to observe and describe similarities and differences among species more precisely. They’ll be able to put anything in its class!

Student Demonstration Project

Classify: Students will acquire first hand experience in studying the diversity of living things on site at The Collingwood Scenic Caves. They will be given a package of charts and graphs that will aid them in examining and classifying living things found within the area and be encouraged to determine their own “original” method of classification.

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Grade 7 Curriculum
Life Systems – Interactions Within Eco-Systems

Introduction

“The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.” – unknown. And why would he? The frog, like every other animal and plant depends on things in the pond which help to sustain him. In turn, he provides things to other species who co-exist in that same pond as an ecosystem. In the biosphere, there are many different ecosystems. Each system is balanced between living and non-living factors in a natural environment. The individual players within each system have adapted to their environment. People are the only players who change their environment, rather than adapt to it, to make our lives easier. Farms replace forest, cities replace wetlands. Our technology has sped our ability to alter the environment.

Student Demonstration Project

Interactions: Given a particular site at the Scenic Caves, students will identify ecosystems that surround a particular plant or animal.

Abiotic influence: Students will identify some abiotic factors that are involved in the ecosystems found at the Scenic Caves. They will then project what might happen if some of the abiotic factors were changed.

Human impact: There are many types of plants at the Scenic Caves that are threatened or in danger of extinction. Choose an animal that is threatened. Research the major threats and determine what can be done to help it survive. Consider food supply, predators, habitat.

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