That might look like a plain hole in a tree to you, but to a black-capped chickadee or to a red squirrel, it is an important refuge from danger and cold. And a home is every bit as important to them as yours is to you. In this program, students become familiar with what characteristics make for an effective shelter. Students will have an opportunity to construct accurate robin nests, investigate various nest designs, examine a variety of real bird nests, and participate in some fun and educational bird nest games. They also learn about the critical components of habitat, recognizing that habitat depletion is the single most important reason for loss of wildlife in Canada. Investigating tree cavities, exploring galls, hiding under thickets, students come to experience first hand, the importance of shelter, food and space in a well-structured ecosystem.
Season Availability: Fall, Winter, Spring
Grade 1 : Science Curriculum Links *
Understanding Life Systems: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
2. investigate needs and characteristics of plants and animals, including humans;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the basic needs and characteristics of plants and animals, including humans.
2.2 investigate and compare the basic needs of humans and other living things, including the need for air, water, food, warmth, and space, using a variety of methods and resources
2.3 investigate and compare the physical characteristics of a variety of plants and animals, including humans
2.4 investigate the physical characteristics of plants and explain how they help the plant meet its basic needs using a variety of methods and resources
2.6 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including investigation, explore, needs, space, and food, in oral and written communication
3.1 identify environment as the area in which something or someone exists or lives
3.4 describe the characteristics of a healthy environment, including clean air and water and nutritious food, and explain why it is important for all living things to have a healthy environment
3.5 describe how showing care and respect for all living things helps to maintain a healthy environment
3.6 identify what living things provide for other living things
3.7 describe how the things plants and animals use to meet their needs are changed by their use and are returned to the environment in different forms
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.
2.1 follow established safety procedures for working with soils and natural materials
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
3.3 identify factors (e.g., availability of water or food, amount of light, type of weather) that affect the ability of plants and animals to survive in a specific habitat
3.7 describe structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in specific habitats