Grade 3

Shovel and dirt

Land Down Under, Lorax in the Forest & Keep Calm and Build On.

Length: Full day (includes 2 programs)
Location: Terra Cotta Conservation Area (map)
Cost: $350 for one class (maximum 30 participants)
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Land Down Under

Scientists grab your shovels and magnifying glasses and get the dirt… on dirt! Investigate what insects and animals live in the land down under while finding out about the different types of soils under your very own toes.

Ontario Curriculum Links

Science and Technology

  • Understanding Earth and Space Systems – Soils in the Environment

Overall Expectations

  • Assess the impact of soils on society and the environment, and of society and the environment on soils
  • Investigate the composition and characteristics of different soils
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the composition of soils, the types of soils, and the relationship between soils and other living things

Specific Expectations

  • Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment – 1.2
  • Developing Investigation and Communication Skills – 2.1, 2.3 and 2.5
  • Understanding Basic Concepts – 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4

Grade 3 - Lorax in the forest

Lorax in the Forest

Take a walk through the Lorax’s forest and discover the wild and colourful plants that grow here. Using drama and hands-on investigation, students get their own “Truffula” seed and find out what it means to be a steward of the earth.

Ontario Curriculum Links

Science and Technology

  • Understanding Life Systems – Growth and Changes in Plants
The Arts

  • Dance and Drama

Overall Expectations

  • Assess ways in which plants have an impact on society and the environment, and ways in which human activity has an impact on plants and plant habitats
  • Investigate similarities and differences in the characteristics of various plants, and ways in which the characteristics of plants relate to the environment in which they grow
  • Demonstrate an understanding that plants grow and change and have distinct characteristics
  • Apply the creative process to dramatic play and process drama, using the elements and conventions of drama to communicate feelings, ideas, and stories

Specific Expectations

  • Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment – 1.1 and 1.2
  • Developing Investigation and Communication Skills – 2.4
  • Understanding Basic Concepts – 3.2 and 3.6
  • Dance and Drama – B1.1

 

Robins Nest

Keep Calm and Build On

Keep calm and build on! Explore the nuts of bolts of nature’s strong and stable structures, and construct a masterpiece of your own. But don’t forget…nature’s forces are at work so make sure your structure can endure. Discover how birds build long-lasting nests, and why beavers are the ultimate engineers. Strap on your tool belt and let’s get building!

Ontario Curriculum Links

Science and Technology

  • Understanding Matter and Energy- Forces Causing Movement
  • Understanding Structures and Mechanisms- Strong and Stable Structures
  • Mathematics: Geometry and Spatial Sense

Overall Expectations

Understanding Matter and Energy – Forces Causing Movement
  • Assess the impact of various forces on society and the environment
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms – Strong and Stable Structures
  • Assess the importance of form, function, strength, and stability in structures through time
  • Investigate strong and stable structures to determine how their design and materials enable them to perform their loadbearing function
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts of structure, strength, and stability and the factors that affect them
Mathematics
  • Geometric properties

Specific Expectations

Science and Technology

Understanding Matter and Energy – Forces Causing Movement
  • Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment – 1.1 and 1.2
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms – Strong and Stable Structures
  • Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment – 1.2
  • Developing Investigation and Communication Skills – 2.2, 2.4, 2.5
  • Understanding Basic Concepts – 3.1. 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9
Mathematics
  • Identify and compare various polygons (i.e. triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, heptagons, octagons). Sort them by their geometric properties (i.e. number of sides, side lengths; number of interior angles; number of right angles)

 

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