This interactive online program explores the fundamentals of environmental science.
Students of all ages will be empowered with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to understand the world around them, and recognize and address interconnected global challenges in achieving sustainability.
Students adventure through the steps of the scientific method on a virtual field trip through Science World to explore a variety of adaptations, habitats, and ecosystems and reflect on the diversity of life via a close-up investigation of some of the amazing living organisms currently on exhibition. Students are introduced to real-world problems along the way and walk away with tools to help solve them!
Teachers may request one or both of the following:
- Part 1: A virtual visit to the Search: Sara Stern Gallery for a closer look at animals and their environments.
- Part 2: A virtual visit to the Ken Spencer Science Park for a closer look at plants and environmental factors.
Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Science K: Plants and animals have observable features. Environmental changes (e.g. daily, seasonal) affect all living things.
Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment. Patterns and cycles in the environment (landscape) affect living things.
Science 2: Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.
Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
Science 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment, biomes as large regions with similar environmental features.
Science 5 & 6: A variety of internal systems and adaptations help multicellular organisms to survive and interact within their environment.
Science 7: Evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things.
Curricular Competencies (K-7):
- Demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world
- Use inquiry processes to observe, ask questions, and make simple predictions about familiar objects and events based on prior knowledge
- Make exploratory observations using their senses
- Discuss observations
- Compare observations with predictions through discussion
- Compare observations with those of others
- Experience and interpret the local environment
- Identify simple patterns and connections
- Identify and consider some environmental, social and ethical consequences of their and others’ actions
- Reflect and make simple inferences based on their results and prior knowledge
- Transfer and apply learning to new situations
- Generate ideas for and contribute to care for self, others, community, and world through personal or collaborative approaches
- Make value judgments about events, decisions, or actions, and suggest lessons that can be learned
- Express and reflect on a variety of experiences and perspectives of place (personal, shared)
- Communicate ideas, explanations, and processes in a variety of ways; Inquiry, Significance, Evidence, Continuity and Change, Cause and Consequence, Perspective, Ethical Judgement
- Monday to Thursday, October 2021 - June 2022
10–30 students, 30 maximum per session.
- In-class learners: projector and audio system
- Distance learners: district- or school-approved platform for facilitator to talk with class (e.g. Teams, Google Meet, Zoom)