Earth in the Balance

Theme:Water Protection
Location:The Pines
Map #:45
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Purpose

In this group challenge activity, students become part of the web of life.  The goal of this activity is to show children that all parts of a food web are essential for a healthy ecosystem and that all parts are dependent on each other.

Key Messages

  • We are all interconnected
  • if one species or element within the web of life is lost, then others within the web are also impacted
  • the Earth as a whole is impacted as are humans

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 and 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 various 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 and 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
    • 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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