Grade 7

Water, Water Everywhere: Alex and Sam’s Great Canoe Ride

The story arc focuses on the Macro level of Systems and Communities and the package focuses on underwater exploration and oceans (challenges and systems)


7.01 – A Model Ecosystem

An ecosystem exists in an area where biotic and abiotic parts of the environment interact. The purpose of this activity is to observe changes that occur in a model ecosystem and the interactions between living and non-living things within the ecosystem.

7.02 – We Are All Connected

Alex and Sam are sent on a journey with the wolf to determine why their water supply is contaminated. By encountering producers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, scavengers, and decomposers, Alex and Sam developed a deeper understanding of how their local ecosystem is connected to other ecosystems

7.03 – What’s the Matter with the Water Cycle?

This lesson is one of a series of three lessons that deal specifically with matter cycles in an ecosystem. The direct link from the intermediate story to this lesson is found at the end of the story

7.04 – What’s the Matter with the Carbon Cycle?

This lesson is one of a series of three lessons that deal specifically with matter cycles in an ecosystem. The carbon cycle is important as it keeps the earth warm and helps plants make their own food. Sadly, our consumption of fossil fuel has drastically altered the carbon cycle.

7.05 – What’s the Matter with the Decomposition Cycle?

This lesson is one of a series of three lessons that deal specifically with Matter cycles in an ecosystem. The decomposition cycle aka The Cleanup Squad serves an important function in the ecosystem. Detrivores and decomposers eat the remains of dead plants and animals that scavengers and other animals have left behind.

7.06 – Human Invasion

This lesson investigates how urbanization has impacted ecosystems.

7.07 – Who Will Save the River Valley?

This lesson is linked to a question asked in the beginning of the intermediate story: “Why do we boil water before we use it?”

7.08 – The Story of Stuff

One of the key challenges students struggle to understand is how the interconnectedness of our actions impact local and global ecosystems. Students are required to use a number of process skills to synthesize what and how ecosystems are affected by human activity.

7.09 – The Right to Clean Water

This lesson is linked to two questions asked in the beginning of the intermediate story: “Why do we boil water before we use it?” and “Can we just boil the whole Bay?” The lesson discusses water issues in First Nation communities through a series of media articles

7.10 – This Land was Made for You and Me

Students will be introduced to a case study where they are required to research and apply what they know about maintaining healthy ecosystems and living in a sustainable manner. In the 1950’s Dryden Chemical Company and Dryden Pulp and Paper Company opened up their businesses near Grassy Narrows First Nation. As a by-product of the pulp and chemical industry, mercury was discharged as effluent into the Wabigoon-English River and clear-cut logging led to massive deforestation in the area.