Grade 2 Programs

FI = Programs available in French for French Immersion Schools
MP = Maximum number of participants for a half day program
Blue = curriculum connection

Below are curriculum topics and a list of our programs that connect to some or all of the expectations

Growth and Change in Animals


Birds (Grades JK – 4, 6,7) FI
What makes birds unique? Learn where they live, what they eat and how they behave. Feed the winter Chickadees.
(All year)

Amazing Animals (Grades JK – 2, 4, 6) FI
Uncover the differences between the animal groups. Wildlife native to the Arboretum will be emphasized. (All year)

Animal Tracks and Signs
Become a nature detective and learn to interpret the signs animals leave behind.
(All year)

Urban Wildlife (Grades 1- 4, 6, 7) FI
Explore nature in the city. Learn about the uniqueness of urban dwellers and how they have adapted to city life.
(All year)

Winter Survival (Grades 1- 4) FI
Uncover through a mix of discussion and activities, animal survival techniques.
(December-February)

Insects (Grades JK – 2, 4) FI
Examine and compare fascinating insects in different habitats.
(Mid-may to November)

Pond Life (Grades JK - 3, 4, 6, 7) FI MP = 60
Study life above and below the surface of the pond.
(April to November)

Who Gives a Hoot (Grades JK – 2, 4, 6) FI
Find out about the owl species of the Humber River Valley and explore their habitats.
(September to February)

Healthy Planet, Healthy Lives (Grades 1-5)
Learn how our actions affect the health of the planet and of all life on earth through interactive games and activities.
(All year)

Monarchs and Milkweed(Grade 1, 3, 4, 6, 7)
While learning about general plant characteristics students will better understand how the Milkweed plant, Monarch caterpillars only food source, acts as a habitat for a community of interacting insects. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the characteristics, life cycles, and behaviours of Monarch butterflies
(September - Early October)

Pollinators (Grade 1-4, 6, 7, 9-12)
Are you aware of the many ways that humans rely on pollinators? Come to the Arboretum to see a diversity of pollinators and find out how and why we should act to protect them!

Growth and Changes in Plants


Monarchs and Milkweed(Grade 1, 3, 4, 6, 7)
While learning about general plant characteristics students will better understand how the Milkweed plant, Monarch caterpillars only food source, acts as a habitat for a community of interacting insects. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the characteristics, life cycles, and behaviours of Monarch butterflies
(September - Early October)

Air and Water in the Environment


Air and Water All Around Us (Grade 2) MP = 30
Learn about the properties and characteristics of air and water through observation of demonstrations and performing activities outdoors.
(All year)

Healthy Planet, Healthy Lives (Grades 1-5)
Learn how our actions affect the health of the planet and of all life on earth through interactive games and activities.
(All year)

Pond Life (Grades JK - 3, 4, 6, 7) FI MP = 60
Study life above and below the surface of the pond.
(April to November)

Features of Communities around the World


Mastering Maps (Grades 1- 3) F. MP = 30
Come explore the amazing world of maps and fin out all the interesting clues that they reveal about where you live.
(All year)

Traditions and Celebrations


First Nation People (Grades 2, 3, 5, 6, 7) FI
Journey back in time and explore ways in which life was different for the Huron people.
(All year)

First Nation Games (Grades 2, 3, 5, 6, 7) FI MP =60
The First Nations People played many games. Have fun learning about their customs.
(All year)

Maple Syrup Harvesting (Grades JK – 7) FI
Travel back to a time when maple sap was collected in pails and carried to a wood fired evaporator. Samples may be provided.
(February to March)

Early Settlers of the Humber (Grade 1-3, 6, 7)
‘Furs, Fires and Frostbite’ (Fall/ Winter) or ‘Sap, Saws and Seeds‘ (Spring/Summer)
Learn about the seasonal activities of early settlers through artifacts, hands on projects, crafts and dramatizations.

‘Group Games and Traditional Toys’ (All year)
Interested in learning how the children of early settlers played in their free time? Join us on a program that explores the leisure aspect of early settler life

Daily Physical Activity


Tobogganing (Grades All) FI MP = 30
Discover the historical importance of toboggans and enjoy this winter activity (weather permitting). (December-February)

Snowshoeing (Grades All) FI MP = 30
Discover the historical importance of snowshoes and enjoy this winter activity (weather permitting). (December-February)

First Nation Games (Grades 2, 3, 5, 6, 7) FI MP =60
The First Nations People played many games. Have fun learning about their customs.
(All year)






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