questions for Grades 4-6
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Questions to pose to students about the video clips.
These questions will help guide a discussion of the videos. As more videos are added the questions will be adjusted to cover other aspects. There are several themes that should be evident in the current videos and they are identified in the Appendix.
For each of the grades there is a “main focus” series of questions typically based on Understanding Life Systems. For many of the grades there is a Supplemental section that, while not as developed, does suggest other possible uses for the videos.
Junior Grades (4-6)
General (Based on Grade 4 Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities)
Link to suggested videos: Habitats and Communities
- Some species are not found at Riverwood in Mississauga, ON. Why is this?
- One species (the black bear) used to found in Mississauga. What caused it to disappear?
- Which species is most likely to be impacted by the activities of people?
- Build a simple food chain for some of the animals featured based on what you observe in the videos.
- Describe the type of habitat that each species needs.
- How do they use their habitat to ensure they can raise their young?
- What are some examples of these animals interacting within their population?
- Which of these animals are found in the Riverwood (Mississauga,ON) community?
- Which animals are consumers? Producers? Predators? Prey?
- Which animals are carnivores? Herbivores? Insectivores? Scavengers? Omnivores?
- Which animals can live near cities?
- Which animals need to be in areas away from cities?
General (Based on Grade 5 Understanding Structures and Mechanics: Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms)
- What affect does rushing water have on the environment?
- What affect does flooding have on the land and wildlife?
- How do waterfalls impact the environment?
General (Based on Grade 6 Understanding Life Systems: Biodiversity
Link to suggested videos: Biodiversity
- How can the featured organisms be classed scientifically?
- Group the species according to their scientific classification.
- Group the species according to their habitat preferences and needs.
- Based on the featured species how diverse are the habitats found at Riverwood?
- What are the distinguishing characteristics of the different groups of plants and animals seen in these videos?
- Which of the species features interact with other species featured?
- What other species of plants and animals are likely to be found in the area (i.e. as food, shelter, competitors for the species featured in the videos)?