Winter Ecology

In this field study students explore the wonderful world of snow. They study the winter environment, the properties of snow, and how the land changes during this harsh season. In addition, students see first hand how animals adapt to winter, what different birds, mammals and insects do to survive. By learning how animals make the most of the season, we can make the most of it too.

Winter Ecology is conducted as follows:

Kindergarten to  Grade 2 1/2 day, extended 1/2 day or       full day          
Wascana Marsh or                   Boggy Creek Valley
Grade 3 and 4   extended 1/2 day or full day Boggy Creek Valley
Grade 4 to 6 
full day Boggy Creek Valley

See below for the Winter Ecology Student Checklists.

 

Curriculum Connections   Outcomes Indicators
Grade 1 Science LT1.1 Differentiate between living things according to observable characteristics, including appearance and behaviour B,H,I
  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,B,C,D,F
  Phys Ed PE1.1 Health- related Fitness Build a repertoire of strategies, with guidance, for developing components of health-related fitness, including cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance, and muscular strength. C,F
  Phys Ed PE1.2 Active Living Examine and express what it means to live actively each day and the personal benefits of being active. A,B,C,G
  Phys Ed

PE1.8 Build a repertoire of strategies and skills, with guidance, for and through active participation in a variety of movement activities including:

  • Alternate environment activities and games (e.g, snowsnakes, hiking, skating, snowshoeing, aquatics, cycling,tobogganing, cross-country skiing)
I
Grade 2 Science AN2.3 Assess the interdependence of humans and animals in natural and constructed environments A,B,D
  Health USC2.1 Demonstrate a basic understanding of how thoughts, feelings, and actions influence health and well-being B
  Health USC2.2 Determine how healthy snacking practices influence personal health B,C,D,E,F
  Phys Ed PE2.1 Apply a repertoire of strategies, with guidance, for developing components of health- related fitness including cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance, and muscular strength through participation in a variety of movement activites. B,I
  Phys Ed PE2.2 Analyze daily habits and actions that demonstrate personal engagement in, and taking personal responsibility for, leading a physically active life. A,B,C,F,G,H
  Phys Ed

PE2.6 Vary the performance of the body, while performing locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills by applying the basic movement variables of:

  • Space
  • Effort
  • Relationships
G,H
  Phys Ed

PE2.8 Apply a repertoire of strategies and skills, with guidance, for and through active participants in a variety of movement activities including:

  • Alternate environment activities and games
D,H
  Phys Ed PE2.9 Examine and express the purpose of rules, procedures, etiquette, and safe behaviors and apply them while participating in a variety of movement activities. A,B,C
Grade 3 Science PL3.2 Analyze the interdependence among plants, individuals, society, and the environment A,B,E,F,G
  Health USC3.1 Determine the role of a variety of healthy foods and physical activity on the health and development of the mind, body, and immune system F,G,H
  Phys Ed PE3.1 Apply a repertoire of strategies for developing components of health-related fitness, (cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance, and muscular strength) through movement activites during scheduled times in school, at home, and in the community. A,B,D,G,O
  Phys Ed PE3.2 Evaluate the role of participation in movement activities in providing opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, social interaction, increased skill competency, stress reduction, active work life, use of leisure time, contact with nature, and involvment in communities. B,C,E
  Phys Ed

PE3.7 Select and use effective movement skills, tactics, and strategies while participating in:

  • alternate environment activities
G,J
  Phys Ed PE3.8 Demonstrate positive interactions with others in cooperative and competitive movement activities. C,L
  Phys Ed PE3.9 Evaluate personal committment to assessing risk factors and applying safe practises while participating in a variety of movement activities B,C,D,E
Grade 4 Social Studies RW4.1 Analyze the strategies Saskatchewan people have developed to meet the challenges presented by the natural environment B
  Science HC4.1 Investigate the interdependence of plants and animals, including humans, within habitats and communities A,B,F,H
  Science HC4.2 Analyze the structures and behaviours of plants and animals that enable them to exist in various habitats A,B,C,D,E,G,H
  Health USC4.1 Assess what healthy eating and physical activity mean for pre/adolescence C,D,E,G
  Health USC4.4 Determine basic personal responsibility for safety and protection in various environments/situations A,B,C,H
  Phys Ed PE4.10 Apply tactics, strategies and rules necessary for safe and inclusive involvement in movement activities, including but not limited to co-operative and competitive lead-up games as well as alternate environment activities, when alone and with others. A,B,D,E,F,G,I
  Phys Ed PE4.11 Incorporate safe practises (e.g., warm-up, cool-down, safe stretching, protective responses, proper attire, well-maintained equipment) for the prevention of injury and investigate basic first aid associated with care of illness and injury resulting from participation in movement activities both in and out of physical education class. A,B,G
Grade 5 Science MC5.1 Investigate the characteristics and physical properties of materials in solid, liquid, and gaseous states of matter. H
  Science MC5.2 Investigate how reversible and non-reversible changes, including changes of state, alter materials. G,I
  Science WE5.3 Analyze the impact of weather on society and the environment, including technologies that help humans address weather conditions. E
  Health USC5.1 Analyze personal eating practices A,K
  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. B,C
  Science DL6.3 Analyze the characteristics and behaviours of vertebrates (i.e., mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish) and invertebrates. B
  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
A,B,C,D
  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

C,D,E,F
  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 C,D
  Science HT7.1 Assess the impact of past and current heating and cooling technologies related to food, clothing, and shelter on self, society, and the environment A,E,G
  Health USC7.5 Evaluate personal food choices and needs by applying accurate and current nutritional knowledge E
Grade 8 Science CS8.4 Analyze how the interdependence of organ systems contributes to the healthy functioning of the human body C,D

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Snow studies student sheet for winter ecology38.5 KB
Student Checklist Winter Ecology Half Day Trips35 KB
Student Checklist Winter Ecology Full Day Trip41.5 KB