Weekly Wild Update
Finding educational activities for at-home learning doesn’t have to be a wild goose chase!
In celebration of National Wildlife Week (April 5-11) we’ve put together another set of videos, activities and DIY projects to keep kiddos engaged and learning at home – all curriculum-linked and designed for the Canadian context.
National Wildlife Week is a great time to connect with Canadian creatures! In this hilarious and educational webisode, kids can join the Hinterland Who’s Who crew on a virtual adventure to learn more about snapping turtles, spotted salamanders and groundhogs. Remember, no matter where you live in Canada, wildlife is close by!
On April 7, those in grades 8-12 can also join our partners at the Centre for Global Education for a live webinar on environmental careers. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with a panel of speakers and explore some of the career paths available.
Green Gigs: Sustainable Careers
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET
Register to attend
These curriculum-linked resources and activities will introduce kids to Canadian wildlife, help teach them about four key things they need to survive – food, water, space and shelter – and help them discover what humans and wildlife have in common!
- Hinterland Who’s Who — Kids can get to know more of the mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates that call Canada home through videos, sound clips, games and species bios.
- Where do you fit in? — Through a home mapping activity, kids will learn more about the word ‘habitat’ and explore the question, “How much space do we need?”
- Design a Shelter — From birds to beavers, this creative lesson plan invites kids to explore different types of animal shelters and then design their own for an imaginary animal.
You can become a wildlife sleuth by discovering the world of animal tracks! By identifying the clues left by each footprint, you’ll learn how to recognize different animals and solve the mystery of who’s passing through!
- Tracking Down Wildlife — Start simple by using this great guide to study and compare the tracks left behind by different animals in the snow. How are they similar or different? Take your exploration outside and examine your own footprints in the mud or snow! What do your tracks say about you?
- Discover the World of Animal Tracks — Take an even deeper dive into the study of animal tracks by learning about four basic types of track patterns — pace, diagonal, bound and gallop — and how the distance between prints hints at who left them behind.
While we all continue to follow physical distancing guidelines, it is still possible to enjoy some time in nature! In the spirit of National Wildlife Week, we have three simple activities you can do with kids to search for signs of wildlife in your own neighbourhood.
- Look for evidence of wildlife: a chewed leaf, a hole in the ground, a footprint, a nest in a tree — anything at all!
- Close your eyes — listen for animal sounds. What do you hear?
- Spend five minutes making a list of all the wildlife clues you found. Can you figure out what animals made them?
How did these activities go? Do you have your own activities to share? Connect with us in the comments below or on social media using #WeeklyWILD.