K-12

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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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Ninja Trail

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This is a sensory game that uses touch for navigation and encourages the use of other senses to discover the key features of a forest floor.

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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.

Stream to Sea

Learn more about your local streams and rivers as you study the Pacific Salmon.  A variety of activities and resources introduces students to life in freshwater ecosystems and offers practical ways for them to help conserve these valuable habitats.  As they learn more about the waterways in their community, a new sense of place will empower young citizens to become active stewards of these important places.

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