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Animal Adaptations

Workshop at the Museum

Recommended for
Ontario: grade 2
Quebec: elementary cycle 1.

David R. Gray © Canadian Museum of Nature


The museum's dioramas are some of the most admired in the world. In this workshop, students use them to discover iconic animals and their incredible adaptations to these diverse Canadian landscapes.

Explore the Mammal Gallery in small groups. Observe, describe and speculate about the physical and behavioural characteristics that allow mammals to thrive in all kinds of environments across this vast country.

Duration: 50 minutes.

Curriculum links (link goes to the bottom of the page).


  • October 1, 2019– May 14, 2020
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • 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.

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Curriculum Links—Ontario

Grade 2

Science and Technology
Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals

Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • Investigate the ways in which a variety of animals adapt to their environment and/or changes in their environment using various methods.
  • Observe and compare the physical characteristics and the behavioural characteristics of a variety of animals, using student-generated questions and a variety of methods and resources.

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • Describe an adaptation as a characteristic body part, shape, or behaviour that helps a plant or animal survive in its environment.
  • Identify and describe major physical characteristics of different types of animals.

Curriculum Links—Quebec

Elementary Cycle 1

Mathematics, Science and Technology

Competency: To explore the world of science and technology

  • To become familiar with scientific and technological ways of reasoning and doing things.
  • To learn to use simple tools and procedures.

Essential Knowledges / Living Things

  • Animal's adaptation to its environment.

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