Diversity Within Ecosystems

The Ecosystem field trip will focus on the abiotic and biotic components of an ecosystem. This trip will take place at either Flying Creek, Fairy Hill or Deep Lake where students will be able to study and experience grassland, woodland, riparian, and wetland areas. The day will be organized so that students will have a chance to complete a variety of studies in each of the areas and will be observing, illustrating, analysing and collecting data on living organisms.

Day of the Trip
If possible, students should be on the bus and ready to leave the school by 9:15 in the morning. A bus study will be required to be completed by the end of the field trip and handed in before departing from the bus. This may be used as part of the trip evaluation. Students and teachers will need to pack a healthy lunch with plenty of liquids. Details of what materials to bring will be discussed in the class visit. See below for Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist.

Curriculum Connections Outcomes Indicators
Grade 5 Phys Ed PE5.9 Make decisions about how to prevent and care for common movement activity-related discomforts and injuries (e.g., stiffness, nose bleeds, and sprains) C
Grade 6 Science
DL6.1 Recognize, describe and appreciate the diversity of living things in local and other ecosystems, and explore related careers A,B,C
  Science DL6.3 Analyze the characteristics and behaviors of vertabrates (ie. mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish) and invertabrates A,B,C
  Phys Ed

PE6.10 Apply controlled use of selected movement skills and variations (i.e., locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills) as well as safe and environmentally friendly behaviors while participating in a variety of:

  • alternative environment activities
  Phys Ed PE6.13 Analyze and apply safety guidelines and rules that apply to the target games, invasion/territorial games, and alternate environment activities to develop an appreciation of their impact on self and others. D
Grade 7 Science IE7.1 Relate key aspects of indigenous knowledge to their understanding of ecosystems
  Science IE7.2 Observe and illustrate and analyze living organisms within local ecosystems as a part of interconnected food webs populations and communities B,C,D,F,G,H
  Science IE7.3 Evaluate biochemical cycles ( water, carbon, and nitrogen) as representations of energy flow and the cycling of matter through ecosystems B,D,H
  Science IE7.4 Analyze how ecosystems change in response to natural and human influence, and propose actions to reduce impact of human behavior on a specific ecosystem D
  Phys Ed

PE7.9 Utilize selected movement skills and combinations of skills (i.e., locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative) to participate in a variety of:

Alternate environment activites

  Phys Ed PE7.14 Examine, evaluate, and represent both the historical and present impact of Canada's Northern people on the developement of movement activity options as a means of supporting the well-being of self and others. C,D
Ecosystem Chart29.5 KB
Trivia Questions26.5 KB
Trivia Answers30 KB
Frog Files K-65.05 MB
Frog Files 7-123.81 MB
Circle of Life215.47 KB
Student Background Information 19.2 KB
Writing Assignment Bio-Indicators 13.67 KB
Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist 76 KB