The Life of Beavers

The Life of Beavers is a 45 - 60 minute classroom presentation on the life and behaviour of the North American beaver.  This presentation includes a 10 minute video and time for the students to look at a mounted beaver, a beaver skull, chewed logs and stumps.  This presentation requires 2 tables and a TV/DVD player or data projector/screen.

Beaver Topics Include:

Beaver Architecture
How and why beavers change their environment by building lodges, dams, canals, plunge holes, and food caches.

The adaptations that allow a beaver to harvest and digest plant material and change diets from the winter to the summer months.

The amazing adaptations of the beaver's teeth, eyes, ears, fur, feet, tail, and scent and oil glands.

The animals that prey and feed on beaver and the beaver's defenses against these predators.

The beaver family unit, how they relate to each other; their life spans and the raising of beaver kits.

Winter Adaptations
The preparations of beaver for winter and the amazing adaptations that allow them to survive harsh conditions.

Rodent Family
The beaver is a member of the rodent family and the largest rodent species in North America.

Awesome Beaver Video

Curriculum Connections
Grade 1 Science
LT1.1 Differentiate between living things according to observable characteristics, including appearance and behaviour H,I,J,L

LT1.2 Analyze different ways in which plants, animals, and humans interact with various natural and constructed environments to meet their basic needs A,C,E,F,G,H,I,J,
  Science DS1.2 Inquire into the ways in which plants, animals, and humans adapt to daily and seasonal changes by changing their appearance, behaviour, and/or location A,C,D,F
Grade 2 Science AN2.1 Analyze the growth and development of familiar animals, including birds, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, during their life cycles B,C,E,F,G
  Science AN2.3 Assess the interdependence of humans and animals in natural and constructed environments A,D,E,F,G
Grade 4 Science HC4.1 Investigate the interdependence of plants and animals, including humans, within habitats and communities A,C,F
  Science HC4.2 Analyze the structures and behaviours of plants and animals that enable them to exist in various habitats B,C,G
  Science HC4.3 Assess the effects of natural and human activities on habitats and communities, and propose actions to maintain or restore habitats E,J
Grade 6 Science DL6.1 Recognize, describe, and appreciate the diversity of living things in local and other ecosystems, and explore related careers B,D
  Science DL6.3 Analyze the characteristics and behaviours of vertebrates (i.e., mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish) and invertebrates B,E
  Science DL6.4 Examine and describe structures and behaviours that help:

  • individual living organisms survive in their environments in the short term
  • species of living organisms adapt to their environments in the long term
Grade 7 Science IE7.2 Observe, illustrate, and analyze living organisms within local ecosystems as part of interconnected food webs, populations, and communities I,J,L