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Habitats and Communities

Workshop at the Museum

Martin Lipman © Canadian Museum of Nature


Recommended for
Ontario: grade 4
Quebec: elementary cycle 2.

Students participating in this workshop examine clues relating to a particular habitat as represented in dioramas in our Mammal Gallery. They come to understand that habitats can vary tremendously from one part of the country to the next, and by extension, discover some of the natural diversity of Canada.

The investigation leads students to formulate questions about the needs of organisms within a habitat. The clues present an ensemble of needs and/or behaviours around a particular theme, such as winter preparation, winter survival, adaptations and food webs.

Duration: 50 minutes.

Curriculum links (link goes to the bottom of the page).


  • October 2, 2018 – May 16, 2019
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Workshop starting time: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:15 pm.


  • $1 per student, in addition to museum admission (admission for this age group: $8.50)
  • Tax is not included
  • See if your class qualifies for Nature Express, our financial-aid programme.

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Curriculum Links—Ontario

Grade 4

Science and Technology
Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities

Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • Use scientific inquiry/research skills to investigate ways in which plants and animals in a community depend on features of their habitat to meet important needs.

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • Demonstrate an understanding of habitats as areas that provide plants and animals with the necessities of life.
  • Describe structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in a specific habitat.


Writing / Using Knowledge of Form and Style in Writing

  • Use specific words and phrases to create an intended impression.

Writing / Vocabulary

  • Confirm spellings and word meanings or word choice using different types of resources appropriate for the purpose.

Curriculum Links—Quebec

Elementary Cycle 2

Mathematics, Science and Technology

Competency 2: To make the most of scientific and technological tools, objects and procedures

  • To become familiar with the roles and functions of scientific and technological tools, techniques, instruments and procedures.

Essential Knowledges / Living Things / Matter

  • Characteristics of living things: classification of life forms.

Essential Knowledges / Living Things / Systems and Interaction

  • Interaction between living organisms and their environment: living things and their habitats.

English Language Arts

To write self-expressive, narrative and information-based

  • Writing to a familiar audience (peers, family, trusted adults) in order to express meaning(s).

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