Students will understand the basic needs and characteristics of plants, animals and humans. They will discover that we all need food, water, shelter and space. They will show care and respect for all living things during and after outdoor site investigations. They will uunderstand the connections of all living things and how they are interrelated.
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Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
The students and teacher will go on a walk through the schoolyard/neighbourhood doing a litter collection/clean-up. They will use the items collected to begin a discussion about objects, the different materials that they are made of, and why they are made of those particular materials. These items can be sorted into garbage, recycling, and compost, discussing reasons for the choices and why it is important to use the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) in everyday life. An investigation of object characteristics and material properties will result from this shared experience. After gaining knowledge of different objects, materials, and joining methods, students will be asked to design and build a structure using appropriate material and joining choices.
Understanding Matter and Energy
The students and teacher will go for a walk in the schoolyard or community, looking for different forms of energy (sun, wind, gas, electrical, food). This will be a shared experience that will become the starting point of an inquiry into different forms of energy, how people and animals use energy, how to conserve energy, and why it is important to use energy wisely. After gaining knowledge of different forms of energy, students will be asked to design and build a structure that uses renewable energy for a purpose.
Understanding Earth and Space Systems
The students and teacher will go for walks around the community in different months looking at how habitats change in each season and the response of the animals that live there. Discussions will include how people and animals adapt to the changes around them. Investigations can start from these common experiences and work towards narrowing down what season it is when there are signs of more than one at a time.