A Time to Change
Students will explore the changes that have occurred to the landscape in Newfoundland and Labrador, specifically the processes of erosion, movement and deposition of rock. They will determine how wind and especially water reshape the landscape.
A Time for Change: Soil erosion can be a very serious problem. In this activity, students will learn some of the causes, consequences and solutions to soil erosion.
A Time For Change Word Search: This word search is a great way to introduce changing landscapes vocabulary!
Changement Climatique (French Word Search): This word search is a great way to introduce changing landscapes vocabulary to your French immersion class!
Habitat… Habitat… Gotta Have a Habitat
Students explore plant and animal life in our freshwater ponds and their physical adaptations and habitats and especially the life cycle of frogs and toads. This program makes a real ‘splash’ with the Grade Fours when they examine freshwater invertebrates up close through a ‘pond sweep’.
Habitat Advertisement: Each animal has individual requirements for food, water, shelter and a place to have babies. In this activity, students will research animals and poster to advertise their habitats for animals to move in.
Water Vision and Movements: Who am I?*: This is a fun activity because students do research (detective work), write and act. In pairs, students will research an animal, write a short adventure story and get classmates to guess what animal it is.
The Nature of Light and Sound
Students will become familiar with the properties of light by investigating how it interacts with various objects in the natural environment. Students will learn the importance of sound through the investigation of the sounds that animals make and how they are detected.
Shadow Puppets: Each animal has individual requirements for food, water, shelter and a place to have babies. In this activity, students will research animals and poster to advertise their habitats for animals to move in.
The Science of Weather
Students will engage in the basic concepts of ‘weather watching’ while outside, using simple but effective home-made instruments. Inside, the Grade Fives will explore through visual media, class instruction and activities the formation of clouds and how to ‘make’ a cloud in a bottle. They will also investigate weather’s influence on the animal world; particularly our freshwater friends.
Rain Gauge: The constant circulation of water on earth can be broken down as evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. In this activity, students will construct a rain gauge to measure precipitation as an introduction to the water cycle. The final page is a word search to familiarize students with terminology.
La meteo: A word search to familiarize french immersion students with terminology.
What’s the Matter with Water?
Water! One of the simplest, most common types of matter on earth, yet often taken for granted and misunderstood. What’s the Matter with Water? takes Grade 5 students on a journey of discovery to investigate this so-called ordinary material. Outside we consider water’s volume and mass, and the affect temperature has on these properties. Indoors, having viewed up close our giant water molecule, students enter our Aqua lab and examine the ‘solution’ to water’s solubility. Down at the Fluvarium level, the class takes a water sample and tests it for dissolved oxygen, a water quality parameter necessary for a trout’s survival. Hands on and curriculum relevant, this program is sure to ‘matter’ to all who partake!
Surface Tension: Cohesion and surface tension are two major properties of liquids. Using water your student will explore the phenomena of these properties, the strength of surface tension, surface tension between liquids and how to reduce surface tension.
Life cycle of the Atlantic salmon!
This program focuses on the life cycle of the mighty Atlantic salmon: its stages of development, its habitat, and the hazards and obstacles in its life. With this majestic fish making news headlines, what a time to introduce your class to an important environmental issue! A must for classes involved in the “Fish Friends” program!
Salmon Siblings: With the fish friends program, students will care for Atlantic salmon eggs and raise them to become fry. In this activity students take on the role of being big brothers and sisters to prepare for the salmon eggs’ to arrive.
Green School Proposals: Suggest ways make your school greener by making a formal proposal to the school. Students will research ways to make their school greener and submit a proposal to the principal.
Students discover the concept of ‘biodiversity’ …the variety of life found in nature. Classifying things as “LIVING”, “NON-LIVING”, or “DEAD” are key elements investigated. Specific freshwater organisms, i.e. arthropods such as dragonflies, and aquatic creatures such as frogs and Brown trout, are examined closely.
Biodiversity around the World: Animals may look very different from related species because they are adapted to their specific environment. In this activity, students research pairs of animals, make a poster comparing the two and make a matching game.
Diversity of Life (Cross Word): This crossword can be a great tool for introducing and reviewing definitions!
Diversity of Life (Answer Key): The answer key for the crossword above.