Our Local Biodiversity
Workshop at the Museum
Ontario: grade 6
Quebec: elementary cycle 3.
What makes an ecosystem healthy or unhealthy and how can we measure this? What do we stand to lose when our environment is degraded?
In this problem-based workshop, students recreate actual research by museum scientists using data collected for the Rideau River Biodiversity Project.
Classify real fish, interpret a map, make predictions, analyze data, produce a graph, evaluate results, and propose explanations. Build a big and healthy ecosystem with life-supporting services and see how it responds to loss of biodiversity.
Duration: 50 minutes.
Curriculum links (link goes to the bottom of the page).
- October 1, 2019 – June 19, 2020
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
- November 22, 29
- December 6, 13, 20
- March 27
- April 3, 17, 24
- May 1, 8, 15, 22
- June 12, 19
- Workshop start times: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:15 pm.
- $1 per student, in addition to museum admission (admission: $9)
- Tax is not included
- See if your class qualifies for Nature Express, our financial-aid program.
Information and Reservations
Because the museum is currently closed as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 virus, we are not taking reservations at this time.
Science and Technology
Life Systems: Biodiversity
Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment
- Analyse a local issue related to biodiversity, taking different points of view into consideration, and propose an action that can be taken to preserve biodiversity.
Developing Investigation and Communication Skills
- Investigate the organisms found in a specific habitat and classify them according to a classification system.
Understanding Basic Concepts
- Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity as the variety of life on Earth.
Elementary Cycle 3
Science and Technology
Living Things: Systems and Interactions
Interaction between living organisms and their environment
- Describes how animals meet their basic needs within their habitat
Interaction between humans and their environment
- Describes the impact of human activity on the environment (e.g. use of resources, pollution, waste management, land use, urbanization, agriculture)
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