Grade 4 (ages 8-10)

 

Habitats and Wildlife Communities

Explore different habitats within the Rouge, and determine what brings wildlife to specific habitats through hiking and games. Learn adaptations and interactions within communities; analyze the effects of human activities on habitats and wildlife communities. Consisting of a guided hike, this program offers students an understanding of habitats and communities and their relationships among the plants and animals that live in them, necessities of life and the effects of changes in the environment. In addition, students will search for cavity nesting animals by visiting existing cavity nest boxes, either man-made or natural, and learn some maintenance and monitoring techniques.

Target Audience: Grade 4 (Age 8-10).
Offered: Year round.
Program Length: Full Day – generally 3.5 hrs (10AM-1:30 PM) unless otherwise noted. Students will have lunch by the river.

Overall Goals

1. analyse the effects of human activities on habitats and communities;
2. investigate the interdependence of plants and animals within specific habitats and communities;
3. demonstrate an understanding of habitats and communities and the relationships among the plants and animals that live in them.

Rocks and Minerals

The characteristic shape of a river is determined by the soil over which it runs, and it is always naturally meandering. Through a guided hike, Students will analyze the social and environmental impacts of human uses of rocks and minerals, assess the impact on society and the environment of extracting and refining rocks and minerals for human use, while taking into account various perspectives. Students will investigate how any man-made restrictions (bridges, culverts, channels) imposed on a river change its hydrological pattern, but after a man-made disturbance, the river will always re-establish. This program will also touch briefly on the basic geological information of how the Rouge Valley was formed after the melting of the glaciers at the last ice age some 10,000 years ago and explain the soil stratigraphy of the Rouge River Valley.

Target Audience: Grade 4 (Age 8-10).
Offered: March 1st – November 30th
Program Length: Full Day – generally 3.5 hrs (10AM-1:30 PM) unless otherwise noted. Students will have lunch by the river.

Overall Goals

1. assess the social and environmental impacts of human uses of rocks and minerals;
2. investigate, test, and compare the physical properties of rocks and minerals;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the physical properties of rocks and minerals.

Program Schedule

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