Grade 4: Understanding Life Systems
Habitats and Communities Science Kit.
Call Number: TBD
Covers the following:
Strand A: STEM Skills and Connections
Strand B: Habitats and Communities
This kit describes to students both habitats and communities, including relationships and interactions that occur in communities. Human impact on habitats and communities - both positive and negative - are covered through this kit. Food chains will be explored, and students will learn about producers, consumers, and decomposers. This kit provides materials for six activities.
A sample lesson, "How Do Plants and Animals Adapt to Survive in Their Environment", is available on the Portage & Main web site.
"In this lesson, students identify the basic components necessary for biodiversity, the critical and countless benefits of habitats, as well as the serious present and future threats to their ongoing existence."
A guide that focuses on black bears. Five lesson plans are included with worksheets and discussion questions.
Teacher guides that cover topics such as migration, adaptation, different animal communities, etc. Each topic has a related episode, pre- and post-viewing activities, additional resources, and a hands-on component.
"This video classifies organisms and other living things according to their role in a food chain (e.g. producer, consumer, decomposer). This video also goes over what omnivores, herbivores, and carnivores are and what they eat."
"This short documentary films some of the wild animal species that have adapted to the city of Vancouver, from the familiar pigeons and starlings to the less familiar herons nesting in Stanley Park and a coyote in a farmer's field. This documentary also shows how humans have impacted various animals."