From the lessons taught by real animals, to specimens, skulls, scat and track replicas, learn the characteristics that make mammals unique in the animal kingdom. Observe squirrels and chipmunks in action, simulate the walking and running gaits of predator and prey animals. Hunker down and stalk like a fox, follow vole tunnels through the grass or snow, and discover some of the unique and surprising escape techniques of mice and rabbits.
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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
2.5 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