Introduce animals affected by climate change with a slideshow. In a jigsaw activity, students learn about one animal and share in small groups. As a class, brainstorm ways to help animals and reduce our impact on climate change.
All living things get their energy from the food they eat. Plants use the sun’s energy to make their food. Some of this energy is passed along to animals when they eat plants. Herbivores are animals that eat only plants, such as rabbits or deer. Carnivores are animals that eat other animals for their food and energy, such as cougars, eagles or orcas. Omnivores eat both plants and animals, such as bears and humans.
A food chain shows a simple example of how living things get energy from other living things.
A food web shows how food chains are linked and how all living things are interconnected. This means all things are related to and interact with each other in the environment.
Embedded within Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives is the idea of interconnectedness and responsibility for caring for the water, land, plants and animals, and using only what is needed. Animals are an important part of Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, traditions, ways of life, culture and survival.
B.C.’s climate is changing and becoming warmer and wetter. Stronger storms, more rain and drier summers have led to forest fires and floods in recent years. Animals are affected as snowfall decreases and there are longer fire seasons.
By learning about animals affected by climate change, students better understand their responsibility to protect nature. The end of the activity should focus on hope and our collective action to care for animals and the environment.
Go outside and explore your surroundings and talk about the connection to nature and caring for the environment.
Learn about food chains and interconnectedness with a fun, interactive game of tag.
This drawing activity explores hydroelectric dams and how they affect biodiversity in the local environment.
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