Shoreline Do’s & Don’ts (a display)

Theme:Water Protection
Location:Eagle's Nest (Inside Upper Level)
Map #:34
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Purpose

A display which visually explores a healthy shoreline vs. a non-healthy shoreline which is used to initiate discussion on ways that we can live near water while promoting good water quality and wildlife habitat.

Key Messages

  • The riparian zone, also termed "the ribbon of life," is an area where water meets land, a transition zone between aquatic and terrestrial environments
  • Riparian areas, "the ribbon of life," are very important as they protect water quality and wildlife habitats
  • Humans can impact the water's edge and in turn this has an effect on the water system

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
    • describe structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in specific habitats
    • explain why changes in the environment have a greater impact on specialized species than on generalized species
    • demonstrate and understanding of why all habitats have limits to the number of plants and animals they can support
    • describe ways in which humans are dependent on natural habitats and communtiies
  • 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 ways in which biodiversity within and among communities is important for maintaining the resilience of these communities
    • 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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