Beasts Big and Small

Grades K-2  |  75 minutes | Program


Students explore the concept of biodiversity by comparing and contrasting museum specimens, including the blue whale. Using their senses to make observations, they will begin to classify familiar animals according to similarities and differences in appearance, behaviour, and life histories.  Students will examine a variety of specimens, including insects and birds, where they will get hands-on and explore behavioural adaptations.

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This is an educational program, which is an activity-focused experience. If you are looking for a museum tour, which will allow your group to learn more about the stories behind the museum’s exhibitions and displays, please look at our selections of 60-minutes tours, such as To Eat or Be Eaten or What is Biodiversity?.

  • Kindergarten Science: Plants and animals have observable features
    • Basic needs of plants and animals, features of local plants and animals that help them meet their basic needs.
  • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment
    • Classification of living or non-living things, structural features of living things in the local environment, behavioural adaptations of animals in the local environment.
  • Science 2: All things have a life cycle
    • Metamorphic and non-metamorphic life cycles of different organisms

Many of our Educator Resources can support your visit. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Pre-Visit Resources

  • Colouring Sheets
  • Origami
  • A Day in the Life of our Classroom Invertebrate

Scavenger Hunts and Museum Activities
We suggest using a scavenger hunt before or after your program to help students explore the museum in a guided way.

  • Creature Features
  • Describing and Drawing Organisms

Post-Visit Resources

  • Adaptation Exploration: Bird Beaks
  • My Beaty Pet
  • Nature Guides and Logs

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.