Lost In Time

Located west of the Town of Avonlea, the Dirt Hills rise high above the prairie landscape. These hills were formed during the last Ice Age which began to retreat approximately 11,000 - 13,000 years ago. The glaciers dug into the ground like a huge bulldozer and pushed up large mounds of dirt called ice-thrust ridges. The Avonlea Dirt Hills are among the largest and most developed ice-thrust ridges in the world. These ice-thrust ridges have exposed rocks, coal and clay seams that are up to 75 million years old. The highest elevations in the dirt hills are more than 300m above Regina and 120m above the Missouri Coteau.

On the Lost In Time field study students will spend time exploring and learning about the formation of the Dirt Hills. The morning of the study will be spent looking at different types of rocks and minerals including ironstone, garnet, and coal. One of the most fascinating parts of the day is discovering the K-T boundary. This is a layer of earth that designates the time during which dinosaurs became extinct. This layer contains Iridium which is not found naturally on earth. This supports the theory that a giant meteor may have wiped out the dinosaurs.

Day of the Trip
There is a 55 minute drive to the Dirt Hills. This is a longer day hike than the Bones n' Stones fieldtrip. Students should be on the bus and ready to leave the school by 9:15 in the morning if possible. A study will be done on the bus. The full day will be spent at the dirt hills. 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 7  Science  EC7.2 Identify locations and processess used to extract Earth's geological resources and examine the impacts of those locations and processes on society and the environment  A,B,C,D
   Science  EC7.3 Investigate the characteristics and formations of the surface geology of Saskatchewan, including soil, and identify correlations between surface geology and past, present, and possible future land users.  A,B,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,
  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 activities

  Phys Ed  PE7.14 Examine, evaluate, and represent both the historical and present impact of Canada's Northern people on the development of movement activity options as a means of supporting the well-being of self and others.  C,D
 Grade 8  Science  WS8.2 Examine how wind, water, and ice have shaped and continue to shape the Canadian Landscape  A,F,G
  Phys Ed  PE8.8 Apply and adapt selected activity-related skills (e.g., carrying, paddling, gripping, hanging, wheeling, digging, fire building, snow ploughing, compass reading) and strategies required for participation in alternate environment activities (e.g. backpacking, hiking, cycling, overnight camping, canoeing, snowshoeing, wall climbing, in-line skating, skate boarding, cross-country skiing, tracking, roping, dog sledding, skating, orienteering, downhill skiing, toboganning, Quincy building)  A,C,D,E,G,H,I,J
  Phys Ed  PE8.12 Demonstrate the skills required to administer basic first aid (e.g,. scene management, seeking help, treating minor injuries, applying precautions for body fluids) required as a result of injury caused by participation in movement activities  A,B,C,D,E,F
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Lost in Time Bus Study Answers54.5 KB
Lost in Time Bus Study31.5 KB
Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist 75 KB