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Your swarm is on a mission to learn all about the plant life of the four natural habitats found in Mosquito Park.

Experience flowers through the eyes of an insect, examine seeds and leaves, get crafty with grass, and much more. Dr. Green’s botany bonanza will leave you buzzing!

 Take-Home: Grassland Creature, Origami Frog

Highlights

  • Theme: Mosquito Park with Dr. Green
  • Activities: Create a rubbing of a leaf, identify various trees using a dichotomous key, make a grassland creature, examine and sketch various seeds, study the water lily, construct an origami frog.
  • Cross-curricular connections
  • Take-Home: Origami frog and grassland creature.

It covered most of the science outcomes, very interactive, engaging, and informative. I felt as if this was a superb presentation and very well put together project.

Grade 4 TeacherSt. Rupert School

We appreciated that all of the supplies were provided for a couple of fun 'hands-on' activities, including a mini-chia person and an origami frog.

Grade 4 TeacherDr. Margaret-Ann Armour School

The kids loved making the grass creatures! It was a great introduction to our plant unit.

Grade 4 TeacherFFCA NEE

4-1 Investigate the nature of things, demonstrating purposeful action that leads to inferences supported by observations

Focus

  • Ask questions that lead to exploration and investigation
  • Identify one or more possible answers to questions by stating predictions or hypothesis

Explore and Investigate

  • Identify, with guidance, ways of finding answers to given questions

Reflect and Communicate

  • Communicate with group members, showing ability to contribute and receive ideas
  • State an inference based on observations
  • Identify possible applications of what was learned
  • Identify new questions that arise from what was learned

4-4 Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and the application of science in responsible ways

 

Students will show growth in acquiring and applying the following traits:

  • Curiosity
  • Confidence in personal ability to explore materials and learn by direct study
  • Inventiveness and willingness to consider new ideas
  • A willingness to base their conclusions and actions on the evidence of their own experiences
  • A willingness to work with others in shared activities and in sharing of experiences
  • Appreciation of the benefits gained from shared effort and cooperation
  • A sense of responsibility for personal and group actions
  • A respect for living things and the environments, and commitment to their care

4–10 Demonstrate knowledge and skills for the study, interpretation, propagation and enhancement of plant growth

 

  1. Describe the importance of plants to humans and their importance to the natural environment.
  2. Identify and describe the general purpose of plant roots, stems, leaves and flowers.
  3. Describe common plants, and classify them on the basis of their characteristics and uses.
  4. Recognize that plant requirements for growth; i.e., air, light energy, water, nutrients and space; vary from plant to plant and that other conditions; e.g., temperature and humidity; may also be important to the growth of particular plants.
  5. Identify examples of plants that have special needs.
  6. Recognize that a variety of plant communities can be found within the local area and that differences in plant communities are related to variations in the amount of light, water and other conditions.
  7. Describe ways that various flowering plants can be propagated, including from seed, from cuttings, from bulbs and by runners.
  8. Describe different ways that seeds are distributed; e.g., by wind, by animals; and recognize seed adaptations for different methods of distribution.