Fall Modules

Below are the descriptions of the six modules to choose from for the fall season.  Most modules have five lessons that can be completed over five weeks or you can pick and choose. Pondering has six lessons, which can be completed in a season, or spread out over the seasons.

 Fall Frenzy

Fall is a busy time for all organisms in the natural world; mammals in particular, spend their fall preparing for harsh winter weather ahead. These furry animals take various measures to ensure they will survive the long winter months. Some are preparing to spend the winter hidden away in a den while others appearance change, so they are hidden from predators. In this module, the children will be briefly introduced to hibernation, they will learn about various mammals, and hopefully see some, the importance of adaptations and shelters, along with methods organisms use to hunt for or gather food. Various games will be played and activities completed that will help the children develop an understanding of how seasonal changes have an influence on animal behaviour.

 Nature Detectives 

If an animal were to commit a crime; figuring out the critter to blame wouldn’t be too difficult. Animals leave behind many great clues from tracks, droppings, feathers, claw marks, food scraps, cocoons, casings, nests and more. This module allows the children to investigate local natural areas looking for evidence of animal activity. They will explore wooded areas, beaches, trails and grasslands looking for clues that mammals, birds, insects and other organisms have left behind. In addition, they will participate in various activities that bring out the nature detectives in them.

Plant Power

Imagine a world with no plants; not only would the beauty of Earth greatly diminish, the air would turn toxic,  animals would not survive and ecosystems would be lost.  Trees and other plants are vital for life. In this module, the children will learn about native trees and shrubs that exist in our natural areas. They will learn the importance trees and other plants play in the food chains, how they clean the air and provide homes for various organisms, and why they lose their leaves in the fall. The children will take part in different games to help them understand the concept of photosynthesis, see the beauty of tree and shrubs, and the impact of tree loss.

 Pondering

Very fascinating organisms can be found in, on or around a pond. During the months of fall, Island amphibians are developing in to adults and preparing for winter, while bird and insect numbers are decreasing as they descend south. In this module, the children will be taken to natural ponds in their area to observe the fauna. They will learn about identifying the different amphibians and their lifecycles, monitor and record the different fauna and discuss the activity occurring in and around the pond. The children will play games that relate to life in and around the pond, and help them understand lifecycles

Pressure from Parliament

Top predators are found at the peak of the food chain. They place pressure on the lower level organisms as they hunt. Owls are an example of a top predator and if found in a group they are referred to as a parliament…not hard to tell they have quite a bit of power in the natural world. In this module, the children will learn about owls and other birds of prey, such as eagles and osprey, which commonly nest in Prince Edward Island. Through learning about these birds, important topics in nature can be taught, including food chains and webs, predator –prey relationships, symbiosis, nocturnal living and adaptations. Various games will be played that help the children get an understanding of these topics.

 Weird Weather

The weather in Prince Edward Island is often hard to predict, with forecasts changing daily. During the fall, Islanders may be greeted with warm temperatures or brisk fall air, sunshine, rain, snow, hurricanes winds, thunder, lightning, and hail; the weather can be quite weird. In this module, the children will become meteorologists learning about different weather patterns, they will record the weather and discuss the effects weather has on various living creature. They will participate in games and activities that help them learn or enforce what they learn about weather during this module.

 

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