One Life to Live

Grades 3-7  |  75 minutes | Program


Students will explore biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life by comparing structures and behaviours of local animals and plants in different habitats and communities. Students will participate in hands-on activities and use museum specimens to learn about adaptations and relationships. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and apply their knowledge of concepts such as evolution, natural selection, adaptations, food webs, taxonomy, survival, ecosystems, and biomes.

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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?.

  • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
    • Biodiversity in the local environment
  • Science 4: All living things and their environment are interdependent
    • Features of biomes, organisms in ecosystems sense and respond to their environment
  • Science 5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment
  • Science 6: Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment
  • Science 7: The theory of evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things
    • Natural selection through adaptation radiation – a proposed mechanism of the theory of evolution, survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment
  • Arts Education 3-5: Connect knowledge and skills from other areas of learning in planning, creating, and interpreting works of art

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

Pre-Visit Resources

  • Ecosystem Exploration (focus on Oceans, Tundra, Forest and Ponds)
  • Nature Guides and Logs

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.

  • Amazing Evolution
  • Relationships
  • Birding Bonanza
  • Eat or be Eaten
  • Ocean Pair Up

Post-Visit Resources

  • My Beaty Pet
  • Adaptation Creation

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.