Elementary Primary

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Introduction to Entomology: The Collection and Observation of Insects

This lesson is an introduction to insects and entomology.  Students make their own insect traps, leave them out overnight and examine their catch the following day. A PowerPoint is also available to assist with discussion and to introduce Entomology to students using local examples. See the other files associated with this resource.

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Exploring Insect Movement and Behaviour

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Using real-life insects, students perform a series of experiments to see which environments or food the insects like best. Students learn about the mechanics of insect movement.

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Dendrochronology: The Study of Tree Rings

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This lesson introduces students to the study of tree rings, and provides hands on experience with survey equipment used in the forestry industry. This activity quickly became a student favorite and is now a lesson we repeat with each new group of students.

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Tree Detectives

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At a very young age, children can learn the key characteristics required to identify trees. By engaging their many senses such as sight, touch, and smell and keeping the focus simple, children are able to differentiate between tree species.

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Nature Buddies

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This activity leads children to discover a secret animal, plant, or object through clues, puppets, outdoor exploration and stories.

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Biodiversity Detective Game

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This is one of our most popular activities that can be adapted for any outdoor environment.  It is a task oriented game that allows students to explore an ecosystem while learning simple facts that lead to the discovery of a mystery animal or plant.

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Painted Lady Migration Game

Students work their way through 24 stations representing the migration of a Painted Lady Butterfly. This activity was adapted from a bird migration game developed by Environment for the Americas.

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Introduction to Animals of the Southern Gulf Islands

A PowerPoint presentation and lesson plan have been produced to introduce many of the common animal species found in the Southern Gulf Islands, and to describe some major differences between birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. This lesson is presented as a rainy day activity that can foster discussion about animals and what they need to survive and reproduce, and recommended to be used as a pre-fieldtrip lesson before going to the beach or on a hike to observe animals in their natural habitats.

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