Exploring Biodiversity Through Inquiry

By Patt Olivieri

In this resource, Patt provides an excellent plan for the Grade 6 strand on biodiversity with a major focus on inquiry.


The intention of the following learning experience is to share, facilitate, and develop an understanding of biodiversity through inquiry, related to the overall Science expectations, as well as some of the expectations in Language and Social Studies.  The process begins with critical questions related to students’ own lives and the impact they have on their local environment.  Continue reading

Emma Marris: Nature is everywhere — we just need to learn to see it | TED Talk | TED.com

How do you define “nature?” If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won’t have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris. She urges us to consider a new definition of nature — one that includes not only pristine wilderness but also the untended patches of plants growing in urban spaces — and encourages us to bring our children out to touch and tinker with it, so that one day they might love and protect it.

What Happens to Animals in the Various Seasons

FoxBig Ideas:

  • Animals have distinct characteristics.
  • There are similarities and differences among different kinds of animals.

This activity is suggested for use with the Ontario Curriculum. Grade 2, Life Systems

Inquiry Skills Used

This is a research activity with students using their observation skills to act as primary reference sources which will lead to inquiry-based learning. Continue reading