Environmental Science: What to do during the cold winter months – by Dave Gervais

Source: Even during the winter, there are some wet swampy areas that defy freezing. Sometimes it’s the current; sometimes it’s the heat from decomposition that keeps the water from freezing. Alternatively chopping through ice in a shallow swampy are would also give you access to the bottom detritus. A sample was taken from my backyard pond on Dec 10th.

Sample: When taking a sample, ensure that there is plenty of vegetation. Some will still be green. You may find Duck Weed, or some kind of filamentous algae. A 500 mL sample will provide enough material for several classes. I re-purposed a used blister pack to act as well slides for this activity. When glued to popsicle sticks, my mechanical stage easily gripped this. That allowed me to have 6 samples on the stage at once.

Thanks for the great ideas Dave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stay warm

 

A naturalized yard: making a difference – submitted by Dave Gervais

This is a picture of my front lawn. You might see a decided absence of grass. When I first moved here, it took me almost 2 hours to cut the grass in the front and back yard. At my wife’s urging she suggested that we plant trees to make the busy road in front of our house disappear, buffer the traffic noise, and put a stop to the endless cutting of grass.

In addition by selecting some plants natural to the landscape, we have made a difference to this small welcome insect. Win/win…considerably less grass cutting, and a more interesting yard.

Extend that same idea to a school yard, and an ecology field trip could be as convenient as a short walk outside.

Images taken with a Motorola Cell Phone with an Android System..

 

Dave Gervais

Chair STAO Safety Committee

 

Thanks for the submission Dave !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Experience Sustainability – Grade 8 | STAO Connex by Michael Frankfort and Teresa Huang

The purpose behind this project is to help people learn about environmental issues using a hands-on approach and actions that they can take to minimize their environmental footprint.  A suggestion for the culminating activity is to organize an Eco-Fair for the students to display and present their projects to the rest of the school and/or the community.  Please note that this project does not need to be cross-curricular between Science and Geography. It can absolutely be a stand-alone for each subject. Other curricular areas could be integrated such as Visual Arts, Literacy or Mathematics. Continue reading

Honouring Water: An Indigenous Perspective – submitted by Natasia Sulej

This resource is a research project through the medicine wheel of learning.

Task: In pairs or triads, consult the following media sources to complete the ‘Medicine Wheel of Learning’ graphic organizer and
complete the research/writing prompts based on a particular resource. Continue reading

World’s biggest bee spotted alive for the first time in decades | CBC News

A walnut-sized bee with a massive jaw and impressive wingspan has been spotted for the first time in nearly 38 years, proving its species is not extinct.

Source: World’s biggest bee spotted alive for the first time in decades | CBC News