Camp Kawartha

Diamonds of Water (Snow)

snowUnravel some of the mysteries of one of Canada’s most ubiquitous substances – snow! Capture snowflakes and examine their crystalline structure up close. Discover the many different types of snow and learn what kind of snow insulates animals most effectively. Find out how much water is in snow. Make some accurate and beautiful six-sided snowflakes to take home. Loads of learning packed into two hours.

Season Availability: Winter

Feel free to contact us about modifying any of our outdoor education programs to suit older or younger students.

Grade 2 : Science Curriculum Links *

Understanding Matter and Energy: Properties of Liquids and Solids

Overall Expectations
2.   investigate the properties of and interactions among liquids and solids;
3.   demonstrate an understanding of the properties of liquids and solids.

Specific Expectations
2.2   investigate the properties of liquids (e.g., conduct experiments to compare the rate at which different liquids flow) and solids
2.6   use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including clear, opaque, runny, hard, greasy, and granular, in oral and written communication
3.1   identify objects in the natural and built environment as solids (e.g., sand, ice, rocks, tables, sidewalks, walls) or liquids
3.2   describe the properties of solids (e.g., they maintain their shape and cannot be poured) and liquids
3.2   describe the properties of solids (e.g., they maintain their shape and cannot be poured) and liquids
3.3   describe the characteristics of liquid water (e.g., it takes the shape of the container it is in) and solid water (e.g., ice floats), and identify the conditions that cause changes from one to the other

Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Air and Water in the Environment

Overall Expectations
2.   investigate the characteristics of air and water and the visible/invisible effects of and changes to air and/or water in the environment;
3.   demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which air and water are used by living things to help them meet their basic needs.

Specific Expectations

2.3   investigate, through experimentation, the characteristics of water (e.g., water takes up space, flows or moves when not contained, has mass) and its uses (e.g., living things need water to stay alive; water
2.4   investigate the stages of the water cycle, including evaporation (e.g., heat water in a kettle), condensation (e.g., collect the water vapour from the kettle on an overturned mirror), precipitation (e.g., allow the water vapour on the overturned mirror to collect, cool, and drop), and collection
2.5   investigate water in the natural environment
2.6   use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including solid, liquid, vapour, evaporation, condensation, and precipitation, in oral and written communication
3.2   identify water as a clear, colourless, odourless, tasteless liquid that exists in three states and that is necessary for the life of most animals and plants
3.3   describe ways in which living things, including humans, depend on air and water
3.4   identify sources of water in the natural and built environment
3.5   identify the three states of water in the environment, give examples of each (e.g., solid – visible as ice, snow, sleet, hail, frost; liquid – visible as rain, dew; gas – visible as fog, water vapour), and show how they fit into the water cycle when the temperature of the surrounding environment changes (e.g., heat – evaporation; cooling – condensation

* Curriculum links & expectations for this program are based on “The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Science and Technology”