Creeks & Critters

Theme:Water Protection
Location:Waterfront
Map #:12
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Purpose

A simulation of a natural aquatic environment that displays various native species.  Students will identify different elements of the ecosystem including, animals, plants and tracks.  Students use a life-like model to examine the dependency of various plants and animals on clean water supplied by creeks and streams.  The importance of small water courses in forested environments is emphasized and students come to understand that creeks and streams provide clean, fresh water sources for various plants and wildlife species.

Made possible by the Bancroft Stewardship Council.

Key Messages

  • Ability to build a food chain, identifying different plants and animals, including humans as carnivores, herbivores or omnivores
  • Understand food chains as a system in which energy from the sun is transferred to other organisms
  • Small creeks and streams in the forest provide a fresh source of water that various plants and wildlife species need too survive

Ontario Curriculum Connections

Science and Technology:
  • Understanding Life Systems, Grade 4 (Habitats and Communities)
    • analyze the positive and negative impacts of human interactions with natural habitats and communities, taking different perspectives into account, and evaluate ways of minimizing the negative impacts
    • identify factors that affect the ability of plants and animals to survive in a specific habitat
    • demonstrate an understanding of habitats as areas that provide plants and animals with the necessities of life
    • demonstrate an understanding of a community as a group of interacting species sharing a common habitat
    • describe structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in specific habitats.
  • Understanding Life Systems, Grade 6 (Biodiversity)
    • describe ways in which biodiversity within and among communities is important for maintaining the resilience of these communities
    • identify and describe the distinguishing characteristics of different groups of plants and animals and use these characteristics to further classify varoius kinds of plants and animals
    • describe interrelationships within species, between species and between species and their environment, and explain how these interrelationships sustain biodiversity
    • use scientific inquiry/research skills to compare the characteristics of organisms within the plant or animal kingdoms
    • demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity as the variety of life on earth, including variety within each species of plant and animal, among species of plants and animals in communities, and among communities and the physical landscapes that support them
    • describe ways in which biodiversity within species is important for maintaining the resilience of those species
    • describe ways in which biodiversity within and among communities is important for maintaining the resilience of these communities
 

 

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