Stream Ecology

  • Grade 8, ES 20
  • Morning will be spent at the Duck’s Unlimited McKell Marsh area in Regina and the afternoon at Wascana Trails.
  • Students will assess the health of an aquatic ecosystem through physical, chemical and biological testing, surveys and observations.  Results from the collected data will be discussed as a class along with ideas to improve, change, or maintain the health of Wascana Creek.
  • full day field trip

Related Documents:

Outdoor Field Trip Student Checklist
Aquatic Macro Invertebrate Research - Pre Trip Activity
Types of Water Pollution : Pre Trip Activity
pH Testing of Common Liquids - Pre Field Trip Lab
Parts per Million - Pre Field Trip Lab
Frog Files - 7-12: Frogs as Indicators of Ecosystem Health
Post Stream Ecology Field Trip Ideas
Calculating Stream Flow - for use on field trip site
Stream Monitoring Data Sheet

 

Online Resources:

Safe Drinking Water Foundation - excellent educational program resources

Crapshoot: The Gamble With Our Wastes

Curriculum Connections

 

Outcomes

Indicators

Grade 8

Science

FD8.1 Investigate and represent the density of solids, liquids, and gases based on the particle theory of matter.
c,d,e,g,h
 

Science

FD8.2 Examine the effects of forces in and on objects in fluids, including the buoyant force.
f,i,l
 

Science

WS8.1 Analyze the impact of natural and human induced changes to the characteristics and distribution of water in local, regional, and national ecosystems.
b,c,d,e,f,g
 

Science

WS8.2 Examine how wind, water, and ice have shaped and continue to shape the Canadian landscape.
g,h
 

Science

WS8.3 Analyze natural factors and human practises that affect productivity and species distribution in marine and fresh water environments.
a,c,e,f,g,h
 

Health

USC8.6 Examine and assess the concept of sustainability from many perspectives, and develop an understanding of its implications for the well-being of self, others, and the environment.
b,c,d,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, tobogganing, quinzhee 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