Settle Down!

Theme:Water Protection
Location:Waterfront
Map #:7
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Purpose

Students will be introduced to the components that are necessary for healthy littoral zone function, with a strong focus on soil types, soil horizons, soil suspension in water, sedimentation, and fish habitat. Students will come to understand how important soil stability along shorelines is to all watersheds. They will see there are many plant and animal interactions amid the Ribbon of Life. Students will also be introduced to the thought process behind stewardship and shoreline restoration so they can become great waterfront stewards themselves.

Key Messages

  • Shoreline soil stability is vital to watershed health
  • Non-living soils, when mixed with water the wrong way, can be very dangerous and detrimental to water creatures
  • Soil sediment can harm plant and animal habitat when it enters the watershed and can cause damage far downstream from its origin
  • Healthy riparian plant communities hold shoreline soils in place and reduce erosion and sedimentation along the water's edge

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
    • use scientific inquiry/research skills to investigate ways in which plants and animals in a community depend on features of their habitat to meet important needs
    • 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
    • explain why changes int he environment have a greater impact on specialized species than on generalized species
    • describe ways in which humans are dependent on natural habitats and communities
    • use scientific quirky/research skills to investigate ways in which plants and animals in a community depend on features of their habitat to meet important needs, food, and protection
  • 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

 

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