Migration Headache

Theme:Water Protection
Location:The Pines
Map #:49
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At this activity centre, participants imagine themselves as Canadian Geese. The game illustrates challenges of migration and living in sensitive wetland ecosystems. Participants learn how ecosystems are damaged and improved through natural and human induced events. Participants use brainstorming skills and improve knowledge of how to conserve wetlands for species.

Key Messages

  • Groundwater does not run in underground rivers; it percolates through sand and gravel
  • Groundwater is a source of drinking water through wells
  • Pollutants on the ground or in lakes will enter groundwater and percolate through it, contaminating
    drinking water

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 why all habitats have limits to the number of plants and animals they can support
  • Understanding Earth and Space Systems, Grade 5 (Conservation of Energy and Resources)
    • analyze the long-term impacts on society and the environment of human uses of energy and natural resources, and suggest ways to reduce these impacts
  • Understanding Life Systems, Grade 6 (Biodiversity)
    • describe interrelationships within species, between species and between species and their environment, and explain how these interrelationships sustain biodiversity
    • 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
Social Studies:
  • People and Environments, Grade 5 (The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship)
    • assess the effectiveness of actions taken by one or more levels of government to address an issue of national, provincial/territorial, and/or local significance (e.g. the effectiveness of policies related to the management of the Great Lakes)
    • create a plan of action to address an environmental issue of local, provincial/territorial, and/or national, specifying the actions to be taken by the appropriate level (or levels) of government as well as by citizens, including themselves
    • describe some different ways in which citizens can take action to address social and environmental issues


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