Wildly Exciting Learning Kits

News Bulletin: All of Our FREE Kits are Completely Booked for NatureCity Festival 2019.

Each package is designed to spark your students’ curiosity about the wild world!

The Education Committee of the Nature City Festival has created seven different kits for teachers to book out for the week. There is one of each kit, and one teacher may sign it out for the week. The kits contain materials and instructions. Two kits are oriented towards ecology, one is more chemistry oriented, one is astronomical. A brief description of the intent of each kit is below, as well as the materials included and the materials you will have to supply. We will drop the kits off to you on, May 21 st , but you must return them to us, please.

To return your kit: the Meewasin Valley Authority downtown location between May 27 th and May 29 th .

The kits contain materials and instructions. We will drop the kits off to you on Tuesday, May 21, but you must return them to us, please. Watch this space for new additions, coming soon!

 
 
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ECOLOGY KIT

Tracks & Trackways 

The purpose of this kit is for the students to explore their neighbourhood, to identify habitats (or portions of habitats) for some wild mammals that live in the city. The students will then make the tracks of the mammals from one part of the habitat to another, or from one complete habitat to another.

Included in the kit are:

 instructions;

 stencils of the tracks for snow shoe hares, red foxes, white tail deer, and cougars;

 sidewalk chalk, for marking tracks on the sidewalks;

 and chalk paint for marking tracks on grassy areas.

You will need to provide the water to mix the chalk paint in. Return the instructions and stencils with the kits. The consumables (chalk and chalk paint) are expected to be consumed. Grades: 3-8


ECOLOGY KIT: SEED DISPERSAL

how do animals distribute plant seeds?

The purpose of this kit is for the students to learn different ways that animals distribute plant seeds. As well, the students will learn to make seed “bombs” and will “be” the animal agents of seed dispersal. The students will use the materials in a nearby park or the school yard.

Included in the kit are:

 Instructions;

 Headband templates so each student can be a different animal;

 Plastic eggs, each colour representing seeds dispersed by a different animal;

 Clay, for making seed bombs;

 Soil, for making seed bombs;

 Native wildflowers (really! Native to Saskatoon area of Saskatchewan) seeds, for making seed bombs.

You need to supply water as necessary in making the seed bombs, and for cleaning children’s hands. Please return the instructions, head band templates, plastic eggs with the kit. The seed bomb materials are considered consumables. Please – visit where the seed bombs were dropped in the early fall, to see if any native wild flowers grew from them.

Grades: 2-6

 
 
 

CHEMISTRY KIT: CHROMATOGRAPHY

why is grass green?

 

The purpose of this kit is to support students learning about pigments in leaves, which create the leaf colours that we see. Also, this kit reinforces that it is because of chlorophyll (and other related pigments, such as xanthophyll – which will be seen more in the fall) and sunlight, that the plant is able to convert light energy into plant material.

The kit includes:

 Instructions;

 Rubbing alcohol;

 Plastic cups;

 Filter paper in the form of coffee filters.

You will need to supply the leaves (by visiting the play ground or a nearby park)

[teach the students how to be respectful of the plant while removing one or a few leaves and remind them this is what Indigenous peoples do when they harvest from the wild]; paper; scissors; mortar and pestle or substitute (such as muddler or rock and sturdy bowl).

Please return the instructions and the kit. All the other materials are considered consumables.

Grades: 6-12

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ASTRONOMY KIT:

keeping track of time: sundial

In this kit, students will create a sundial. They are best to do this outdoors, although it could be done indoors on a sunny window ledge.

The kit contains:

 Instructions;

 Clay;

 Sticks;

 Rocks;

 Compass.

You will need to supply nothing.

Please return the kit, instructions, rocks (you would be surprised how hard it is to find the right size of rocks!), compass.

Grades: 1-5

 
 

burrowing owls: observing adaptations

In this kit, students will learn how different animaladaptations. They will look at why different animals have adapted in the different ways that allow them to thrive and survive. This activity can be done in and outdoors.

The kit contains:

 Instructions;

 Utensils

 Jars/containers

 Cards

You will need to supply nothing. Please return the kit, instructions, jars, utensils, and cards

Grades: 4-8

 

unnatured trail: making observations

In this kit, students will learn how to make observations in nature to learn how to find and describe items. This activity can be done in and outdoors.

The kit contains:

 Instructions;

 Man-made items

You will need to supply nothing.

Please return the kit, instructions, jars, utensils, and cards

Grades: PreK -4

Nature Impressions: Making Observations through Art

Grades preK-4

The purpose of this kit is for students to examine natural objects for their textures and patterns. They will make artistic impressions of the objects in clay. The small clay tiles will take about 24 hours to dry, but once dry, teachers can encourge the students to paint their tiles.

This kit contains:

 Instructions

 Clay

 Tile forms

You will need to supply paint, should you choose to paint the tiles.

You will need to take students out in a nearby natural area to collect nature artifacts.

 
 
 
 
 
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