Biodiversity: Closing the Loop

Grades 6 and 7

Subject: Science and Technology

Curriculum Strand: Life Systems

Curriculum Topic: Biodiversity/Interactions in the Environment

Grade 6 – Specific Expectations met by this work shop:

  • Analyze a local issue related to biodiversity, take different points of view into consideration, propose action to preserve biodiversity, and act on the proposal.
  • Assess the benefits that human societies derive from biodiversity and the problems that occur when biodiversity is diminished
  • Follow established safety procedures for outdoor activities and field work 
  • Use appropriate science and technology vocabulary 
  • Describe ways in which biodiversity within and among communities is important for maintaining the resilience of these communities
  • Describe interrelationship within species and between species and their environment and explain how these interrelationships sustain biodiversity
  • Explain how invasive species reduce biodiversity in local environments

Grade 7 – Specific Expectations met by this work shop:

  • Assess the impact of selected technologies on the environment
  • Analyse the cost and benefits of selected strategies for protecting the environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of an ecosystem as a system of interaction between living organisms
  • Describe how matter is recycled within the environment and explain how it promotes sustainability
  • Describe ways in which human activities and technologies alter balance and interactions in the environment

Description of EcoHouse Experience:

Students will participate in a role playing debate activity. They will consider a wide range of perspectives on the demolition of green space areas for the construction of new big box stores. This will illustrate how humans affect the biodiversity of the ecosystem.  Through a 60-minute tour, students will learn how to close the resource loop. They will learn the difference between native, non-native, and invasive plants by the examples grown at EcoHouse.  In the last activity, Garden Disaster, students will learn that monoculture farms reduce diversity which can lead to problems such as pest control and pesticide use. Students will understand how plants can be co-dependent and help create a healthy ecosystem within a garden.

To book an education program, email or call 905-540-8787, x154.