The Life of Beavers

The Life of Beavers is a classroom presentation on the life and behaviour of the North American beaver.  

Contents:

  • learn about:
  1. beaver architecture - how and why beavers change environment by building lodges, dams, canals, plunge holes, and food caches
  2. food - adaptations that allow beavers to harvest and digest plant material and change diets from winter to summer months 
  3. anatomy - amazing adaptations of beaver's teeth, eyes, ears, fur, feet, tail, and scent and oil glands
  4. predators - animals that prey and feed on beaver and beaver's defenses 
  5. reproduction - beaver family unit, how they relate, life spans and raising of beaver kits
  6. winter adaptations - preparations for winter and adaptations that allow them to survive harsh conditions
  7. rodent family - largest rodent species in North America
  • ten minute video 
  • look at mounted beaver, beaver skull, chewed logs and stumps

Length of presentation:

  • 45 - 60 minutes

Set up:

  • two (2) tables
  • data projector/screen or a DVD player and TV

 

Online Resources:

Beaver Lumberjacks
Awesome Beaver Video

 

Curriculum Connections  

Outcomes

Indicators

Grade 1

Science

LT1.1 Differentiate between living things according to observable characteristics, including appearance and behaviour.
h,i,j,l
 

Science

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.
c,d,f,g,h,i

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