Winter Modules

Below are the descriptions of the six modules to choose from for the winter season. Most modules have five lessons that can be completed over five weeks or you can pick and choose. 

 Where the Wild Things Are - Part 1 

When the days begin to get shorter, temperature starts to drop and harsh winter weather is imminent the number of wildlife sightings are not so frequent. Birds and insects have headed south for the winter, while various mammals are hidden away in dens till spring. In this module the students will learn about hibernation and migration. They will learn about the various organisms that hibernate and several species of birds and insects that migrate, where they go and why. The students will play various games that will help them develop an understanding of hibernation and migration.

Where the Wild Things Are - Part 2 

Not all animals spend their winters south or hidden away in a den. Instead they brave the cold winter months. Winter in Prince Edward Island can be harsh; snowy, cold and windy making survival very difficult. In this module the children will learn about winter survival techniques living things use including adaptations, thermal regulation, hunting, shelters and protection from the cold and predators. As well they will learn about human survival skills. Games and activities will be completed that teach about winter survival skills; acquiring food, adaptations and shelters.

  Snow Tracks and Trails

Similar to the Nature Detectives modules, the children will look for signs of animal activity in the snow, follow and study tracks, and make their own tracks. Snowshoeing would be a fun activity for this module.

Frozen Critters

Ponds in the winter time appear to be lifeless, with little wildlife around. The air is cold, weather poor and water frozen, but living things may be found. As a follow-up to Pondering, this module will investigate the pond life in the winter, looking for any signs of wildlife around or in the pond. Students will record the status of the pond and compare it to the pond in the fall, discussing any changes or similarities between the seasons. The main activity for this module will be journaling but various games will be played that relate to pond life.

   Needles to Say                                                                                                          

Coniferous trees are characterized by having scales or needle-like leaves that (with the exception of the Eastern Larch) remain on the branches during the winter. This module is all about coniferous trees.  The children will be introduced to various needle bearing trees native to P.E.I. They will play games that help them name the various trees. As well they will learn how these trees differ from deciduous trees.

  Young Environmentalists         

This module can be completed during any season. The students will learn about caring for the environment, waste watch management, effects of littering on organisms and pollution. They will pick up garbage; play various games that emphasis the importance of caring for the environment.

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