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Lesson Plan

What lives in our local park or garden?

Summary: 
In a local outdoor space, find familiar and not so familiar plants and animals in the earth and/or water. Investigate them further to learn new things about them.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: First People’s sustainable use of Living Things (K, 2, 3)
Biology: Classification of Living Things, Biodiversity (1, 3)
Biology: Life Cycles (2)
Biology: Food Webs, Ecosystems, Biomes (3, 4)
Materials: 
  • outdoor space with rich life
  • materials in the chosen activities
Procedure: 

Once the local area has been chosen, choose activities that explore the animals/plants in that area more deeply.
The activities listed are the ones I have tried - many more can be used for this lesson on local life.

The pond dipping and stream chemistry activities can be run at a lake or stream. The pond dipping finds the living things, then stream chemistry investigates the chemistry of the stream that supports that life.

The nurse log study needs a forested area.

Native plant bingo can be adapted for any area with native plants.

Wood bugs and soil animals can be found and then studied more deeply in a variety of habitats, from gardens to forests.

Notes: 

Eton Arrowsmith tacked a chicken observation onto this lesson.

Grades taught: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 4
Gr 5
Gr 7
Teacher: 
Diane Merchant
Ingrid
Julie Kawaguchi
Site tested: 
Eton Arrowsmith Camp
ingridscience afterschool
Weir Elementary
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

Scientist in Residence Program, Vancouver School District
http://scientistinresidence.ca/
Lesson plan: http://www.scientistinresidence.ca/pdf/life-science/Discovering%20Life%2...