Ever wonder how an owl can see in the dark? How a fox stalks and finds its prey under the cover of darkness? How a bat locates a moth as it twists and weaves? In this creative program, students learn about the amazing adaptations nocturnal animals have to help them survive in low light.
Season Availability: Fall, Winter, Spring (an evening program option)
Grade 2 : Science Curriculum Links *
Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals
2. investigate similarities and differences in the characteristics of various animals;
3. demonstrate an understanding that animals grow and change and have distinct characteristics.
2.2 observe and compare the physical characteristics (e.g., fur or feathers; two legs or no legs) and the behavioural characteristics (e.g., predator or prey) of a variety of animals, including insects, using student-generated questions and a variety of methods and resources
2.3 investigate the life cycle of a variety of animals (e.g., butterflies, frogs, chickens), using a variety of methods and resources
2.4 observe and compare changes in the appearance and activity of animals as they go through a complete life cycle
2.7 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including life cycle, migration, adaptation, body coverings, and classify, in oral and written communication
3.1 identify and describe major physical characteristics of different types of animals (e.g., insects, mammals, reptiles)
3.2 describe an adaptation as a characteristic body part, shape, or behaviour that helps a plant or animal survive in its environment
Grade 4 : Science Curriculum Links *
Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities
2. investigate the interdependence of plants and animals within specific habitats and communities;
3. demonstrate an understanding of habitats and communities and the relationships among the plants and animals that live in them.
2.2 build food chains consisting of different plants and animals, including humans
2.5 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including habitat, population, community, adaptation, and food chain, in oral and written communication
3.1 demonstrate an understanding of habitats as areas that provide plants and animals with the necessities of life (e.g., food, water, air, space, and light)
3.2 demonstrate an understanding of food chains as systems in which energy from the sun is transferred to producers (plants) and then to consumers (animals)
3.4 demonstrate an understanding of a community as a group of interacting species sharing a common habitat
3.5 classify organisms, including humans, according to their role in a food chain
3.6 identify animals that are carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores
3.7 describe structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in specific habitats