Here's a reminder of our inquiry topics on our fist visit to the park:
Wilcox/Mackenzie - How clean is the water in Fish Creek?
Tennis/Leonard/Mackenzie/Bell - How do humans impact the environment?
Hordyk/Bell - How do animals adapt to the extreme cold?
When we arrive at Fish Creek, the young scientists will complete the following activity in 5 steps.
Step 1: Review the inquiry question.
Predict: What type of evidence do you think you will find that your topic impacts the environment in this new area of Fish Creek Park? Discuss and record notes in your field journal.
Step 2: Explore and Observe the environment
Observe: Grab the iPad and the frame and see how many examples of impact you can photograph.
Step 3: Sketching
Observe: Work as a team to Identify the best example of impact from your explorations. Set up the frame and individually sketch it in your visual journal. Use your map to identify where you are located within the park.
Step 4: Explain
Explain: Add to your sketch by recording with words why and how the impact occurred.
Step 5: Create
Apply: Humans, wildlife and water are connected in the park. Animals have to survive, despite impact from what you are studying. Consider an animal that calls Fish Creek home and use natural materials to build a structure to help that animal adapt to the changing environment in Fish Creek.
Step 6: Record
Photograph the home that you created so you can glue it into your Visual Journal when we get back to school!
Step 7: Venn Diagram
What is the same, and what is different about the landscapes in the 2 Fish Creek locations we visited? Use the Venn Diagram that is in your Visual Journal to record your thoughts and observations.