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Arctic Biodiversity

Recommended for grades 4 - 7

Ideal for classes seeking an emphasis on Indigenous content and the influences of different cultures on the diversity and survival of all living things

In this program, your students will:

  • Explore the concept of interconnectedness between humans and our environment and our influences on other humans and environments around the world
  • Describe the adaptations Arctic animals have to thrive and current threats to their survival
  • Evaluate the causes and effects of climate change on Canada's Arctic and around the world
  • Explain how First Peoples continue to use the animal resources in a sustainable way
  • Learn about current research in the world's Arctic regions that is possible through First Peoples perspectives and knowledge

The Arctic is a unique ecosystem that hosts a surprising amount of biodiversity. Students will have the opportunity to explore our Arctic gallery in detail with the guidance of experienced educators. They will experience the Arctic by meeting our animals, investigating numerous artifacts, and exploring a variety of activities to find out more about who and what lives in Canada's Arctic.

This program will help students to understand how such an unexpected variety of life is able to persist in the harsh Arctic habitat by highlighting important adaptations and connections which enable organisms to survive there. Your class will also investigate key issues that affect Arctic biodiversity with special emphasis on climate as a critical feature of the Arctic environment, for both the animals and the people who live there. 

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Arctic Biodiversity Credit: Daisy Gilardini

Program Details

Availability

October 10, 2017 – March 16, 2018
Type: Arctic Gallery
Days: Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

Duration: 90 minutes

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Fee Information

$13 per Student

One teacher/chaperone is admitted free for every five booked students.
A 25% deposit is required to make a booking.

Class Size

Classes require a minimum of 20 students to register. The maximum capacity of the class is limited to 32 students.

Activities and Lesson Plans

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Learning Outcomes

These programs support the Prescribed Learning Outcomes of the B.C. Ministry of Education's Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) and the Aquarium's conservation mission. We have listed both the current curriculum and the draft curriculum from the Ministry.

Grade 4
  • The motions of the Earth and the moon cause observable patterns that affect living and non-living systems (Science: Big Ideas)
  • Biomes as large regions with similar environmental features (Science: Content)
  • The way organisms in ecosystems sense and respond to their environment (Science: Content)
  • Local changes caused by Earth’s axis, rotation, and orbit (Science: Content)
  • Identify First Peoples perspectives and knowledge as sources of information (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • The impact of colonization on First Peoples societies in…Canada (Social Studies: content)
Grade 5
  • Identify First Peoples perspectives and knowledge as sources of information (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • First People’s  concepts of interconnectedness in the environment (Science: Content)
  • First Peoples knowledge of sustainable practices (Science: Content)
  • Canada’s policies and treatment of minority peoples have negative and positive legacies (Social Studies: Big Ideas)
  • First People’s land ownership and use (Social Studies: content)
  • Make ethical judgments about…actions that consider the conditions of a particular time and place, and assess appropriate ways to respond (Social studies: curricular competencies)
Grade 6
  • Multicelluar organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment (Science: Big Ideas)
  • Identify some of the social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and other’s investigations (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Identify First Peoples perspectives and knowledge as sources of information (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Economic policies and resource management, including effects on indigenous peoples (Social Studies: content)
  • Make ethical judgments about…actions that consider the conditions of a particular time and place, and assess appropriate ways to respond (Social studies: curricular competencies)
Grade 7
  • Earth and its climate have changed over geological time (Science: Big Ideas)
  • Survival needs of organisms (Science: Content)
  • First Peoples knowledge of changes in biodiversity over time (Science: Content)
  • Evidence of climate change over geological time and the recent impacts of humans (Science: Content)
  • Identify some of the social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and other’s investigations (Science: Curricular Competencies)
  • Human responses to particular geographic challenges and opportunities, including climates, landforms, and natural resources (Social Studies: content)
  • Make ethical judgments about…actions that consider the conditions of a particular time and place, and assess appropriate ways to respond (Social studies: curricular competencies)

 

 
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