Good luck to the grade 5/6 girls volleyball team today! Thanks to Mr. Peters for making it happen
LITERACY/SCIENCE – Reading, Writing, Biodiversity
The last two days and literacy were focused around a continuation of our summary about invasive species at the RPG, the word study activity where students from strong words, figurative language, and transitional words and phrases in the same article. Then they moved on to finding transitional words and phrases in one of the students biographies – which we are using as a mentor text.
Students who were not finished their summary finished today, moved onto the other activities. Those who were finished all three, moved on to self reflection and peer feedback – making any corrections as necessary and having deep conversations about the nature of language and how we can improve our own writing.
We built our background knowledge of a global biodiversity issue, viewing and discussing part of a documentary about Hudsons Bay Polar Bears
We then welcomed Ms Karin Davidson-Taylor, education officer from the Royal Botannical Gardens.
We viewed a variety of beans and discussed biodiversity, the importance of biodiversity, and the interdependence of species on one another.
Here are some cacao seeds — from a seed pod. The cacao plant is pollinated by a midge (tiny, tiny fly that lives in the leaf litter around the base of the plant. Cacao is the source used to make cocoa and chocolate.
Living things either Move, Adapt, or Die. The ecosystem must have biodiversity to be stable. As the environment changes, life will only continue of there is a diverse number of animals and plants: some will be able to adapt, and life will continue. If there are fewer species, there’s a smaller chance that enough will be there to adapt to the changing environment.
We viewed “cards” showing different species— both native and non-native species. We tried to sort them into native species – “from here” – and non-native species – “from there”.
Non-native species are brought:
- By accident
- On purpose – for ornamental purposes
Non-native Species can create issues:
- Compete for resources
- Kills other species (eg gypsy moth)
- Purple loose strife
- Common Reed (competes with native bulrushes in wetlands
EXAMPLES OF NON-NATIVE SPECIES
- Rusty crayfish
- Emerald ash borer (kills ash trees)
- Common reed
- Dog strangling vine
- Sea lamprey
- Zebra mussels
- Purple loose strife
- Garlic mustard
- Asian beetle (13 spotted “ladybug” brought in to kill aphids)
Emerald ash borer
You can’t always solve an invasive species issue by introducing a second invasive species.
This is a Red eared slider — from the United States (non-native species). People purchase these as pets and release these aquatic turtles when they realize they can’t take care of them. Red eared sliders should not be in our wetlands — that is not its proper habitat for its health.