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Follow My Tracks

Workshop at the Museum

Recommended for
Ontario: grades 1 and 2
Quebec: elementary cycle 1.

David R. Gray © Canadian Museum of Nature


In the Mammal Gallery, students use their observation and critical thinking skills to determine which mystery mammals have left tracks in five different habitats.

Does it lope, hop or waddle?

Is it a large mammal or a tiny one?

Using identification cards and their thinking caps, students eliminate, one by one, the animal tracks that do not fit the story, until they are left with the solution to the mystery.

Duration: 50 minutes.

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


  • October 3, 2017 – May 31, 2018
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Workshop starting time: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:15 pm.


  • $9 per student (tax not included)
  • Second workshop on the same day: $4 per student (tax not included)
  • See if your class qualifies for Nature Express, our financial-aid programme.

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In this hands-on workshop, students are divided into five teams. Each team studies the animal tracks presented in front of a diorama in the Mammal Gallery.

First, students examine a cast of a mammal foot, and then they associate the animal with its tracks.

Second, they identify a variety of mammal tracks using identification cards.

Finally, they offer opinions about how the mammals met their basic needs.

Students repeat this exercise in front of the following five dioramas: beaver, moose, grizzly, cougar and caribou.

Curriculum Links—Ontario

Grade 1

Science and Technology
Understanding Life Systems: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things

Developing Investigation and Communication Skill

  • Investigate and compare the basic needs of humans and other living things, including the need for air, water, food, warmth, and space, using a variety of methods and resources.

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • Identify the physical characteristics of a variety of plants and animals.

Grade 2

Science and Technology
Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals

Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • Investigate the ways in which a variety of animals adapt to their environment and/or changes in their environment using various methods.
  • Observe and compare the physical characteristics and the behavioural characteristics of a variety of animals, using student-generated questions and a variety of methods and resources.

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • Describe an adaptation as a characteristic body part, shape, or behaviour that helps a plant or animal survive in its environment.
  • Identify and describe major physical characteristics of different types of animals.

Curriculum Links—Quebec

Elementary Cycle 1

Mathematics, Science and Technology

Competency: To explore the world of science and technology

  • To become familiar with scientific and technological ways of reasoning and doing things.
  • To learn to use simple tools and procedures.

Essential Knowledges / Living Things

  • Animal's adaptation to its environment.

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