Lay My Egg!

Theme:Water Conservation
Map #:16
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This activity will help students become more aware of the diversity of birds that depend on water and the different habitats they require for their lifecycle, such as nesting. Students will be introduced to identification skills through bird profiles, photos and eggs as they make visual associations with their preferred nesting habitat.

Key Messages

  • Water is home to much more than just ducks: mergansers, loons, waders, shorebirds and even some raptors depend on our water systems and the surrounding habitats as well.
  • Although many bird species spend a majority of their timeĀ on or in the water, other types of habitats may be just as crucial for their survival.

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 reasons for the depletion or extinction of a plant or animal species (e.g. changes in or destruction of its habitat), evaluate the impacts on the rest of the natural community, and propose possible actions for preventing such depletions or extinctions from happening
    • 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 pants 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
    • explain why changes in the environment have a great impact on specialized species than on generalized species
    • demonstrate an understanding of why all habitats have limits to the number of plants and animals they can support
  • Understanding Life Systems, Grade 6 (Biodiversity)
    • describe ways in which biodiversity within and among communities is important for maintaining the resilience of these communitieis
    • 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 biodiveristy
    • 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 to 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 form 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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