This we know, kids love bugs! Our popular insect program capitalizes on student’s enthusiasm for invertebrates of all kinds, from centipedes to cicadas. Students learn to stridulate (sing) like crickets, hunt like a praying mantis and play exciting games based on insect movements. And of course they will have the opportunity to catch, observe and release a variety of invertebrates.
Season Availability: Fall, Spring
Grade 2 : Science Curriculum Links *
Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals
1. assess ways in which animals have an impact on society and the environment, and ways in which humans have an impact upon animals and the places where they live;
2. investigate similarities and differences in the characteristics of various animals;
3. demonstrate an understanding that animals grow and change and have distinct characteristics.
2.1 follow established safety procedures and humane practices specific to the care and handling of live animals, where appropriate, during science and technology investigations
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
2.5 investigate the ways in which a variety of animals adapt to their environment and/or to changes in their environment, using various methods
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
3.2 describe an adaptation as a characteristic body part, shape, or behaviour that helps a plant or animal survive in its environment